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4 August 2013

Adkins on captaincy

Manager Nigel Adkins is selecting a leadership group within his squad to aid our bid for success.

The boss is not afraid to do things differently if it is for the benefit of the team, and he is taking a fresh approach as he asks the players to take responsibility on and off the pitch.

Sean Morrison was given the captain's armband for our first game of the season against Ipswich, but the manager says the most important thing is to have a core group of players who all act as leaders.

He said after our 2-1 win, "What we want is to have several players in a leadership group who take responsibility on the pitch and stand up, lead in different ways.

"Jobi was one of our impact players today, and as you'll have seen through pre-season several players have had the armband on. Sean had it today and did ever so well. 

"Nobody is guaranteed a place in the team, we need people to take responsibility and Sean has done that. He had the armband and did well.

"He's got the armband and has to stay in the team. I want competition for places.

"Jobi does a great job for me and I've highlighted it many times. Because he didn't start, Morrison had the armband and got off to a winning start."

With a strong squad to choose from, the boss had to leave out quality players like Adrian Mariappa, Hope Akpan, Shaun Cummings and Stuart Taylor from his 18-man squad.

Asked by the press about Mariappa's absence he said, "I can only play eleven and can only put seven on the bench. Kaspars got the centre back position on the bench today and it just underlines we've got a strong group of players. 

"You need strength in depth and it's not just about 11 players. 

"There'll be mass speculation about more players joining, of course, and there'll be lots going on at all clubs.

"We showed good character today and also made good impact from the bench. We will keep improving.

"The important message from the weekend is that we got a good win, and a home win gets us up and running.

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