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White: Learning on the job

1 November 2013

John White on captaincy and being available for selection after suspension last weekend

John White says he’s always learning as captain ahead of the visit of Mansfield Town to Roots Hall on Friday night.

White missed Saturday’s trip to Newport having picked up five bookings already this season and manager Phil Brown admitted the loss of his captain’s experience was frustrating.

But Brown will be able to welcome White back for Friday’s game against Mansfield, and White says he’s relishing the opportunity to be back involved.

He said: “Of course it was disappointing to miss the game against Newport County. I think the lads can put it down to an off day and look to get back to winning ways.

“It’s more frustrating because I was fit to play but of course because I had the five yellow cards I was unable to play. I think that makes it more difficult when you know aren’t injured.

“Getting the five yellow cards was frustrating and I don’t think I deserved a couple but it’s a clean slate now and I am really looking forward to the game against Mansfield.

“You’re always learning as a captain and as a player. Maybe a couple of times that I’ve been booked it’s because of standing up and trying to make my mark as captain but I won’t change as a personality on the pitch.

“I’m always 100 per cent committed and as captain it’s my responsibility to stick up for my team mates and speak to the referee when I have to.”

White was pleased for youngster Ryan Auger who made his debut at Newport County, but says he wants his place back in the side for Mansfield.

“Ryan is a good lad and it was great to see him get a chance with me unavailable to play on Saturday,” White said.

“But of course, every player wants to be playing and I’m no different so hopefully I can get my place back in the side for Friday night.

“I think it’s been good to have a week without a midweek game because we’ve had the chance to put Newport County behind us and focus ahead to Mansfield.”

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