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Curtis Proud To Skipper Blues

Forward discusses armband honour and FA Cup test

2 December 2021

Ronan Curtis was honoured to wear Pompey's captain armband for the first time at Gillingham last Saturday.

The Republic of Ireland international has been a regular in the side ever since arriving from Derry in the summer of 2018.

And with several players sidelined, he was entrusted with leading the Blues for a dramatic League One victory in Kent.

That result stretched their unbeaten run to nine games in all competitions, ensuring that spirits are high in the camp.

Curtis said: "I've been here a long time and made more than 100 appearances for Pompey, so it was a really proud moment for me and my family.

"Lee Brown and Clark Robertson were both out injured, while Sean Raggett was suspended, so Danny spoke to me in the changing room when we arrived at the ground.

"He just said that I deserved it and to go and lead the boys out. That was it, really. He wanted me to chase everything down and be a good team player.

"He just said that I deserved it and to go and lead the boys out. That was it, really."

Ronan Curtis

"There are a lot of experienced lads at the club and it doesn't really matter who wears the armband as long as we win the game.

"We've got a great bunch of players and the morale is high. We've turned the corner and hopefully we can keep this excellent run going."

Pompey will look to reach the third round of the Emirates FA Cup when they host Harrogate Town this weekend.

The sides met in Yorkshire in the same competition two years ago, when a power cut saw the game delayed by almost an hour before the Blues eventually secured a 2-1 triumph.

Curtis said: "I thought it was going to be called off and nobody really seemed to know what was happening.

"Hopefully we can get the win at Fratton Park on Saturday against a good Harrogate side and get through to the next round.

"We want to go as far as we can in the competition and perhaps get one of the really big teams down to Fratton Park to show what we're made of."

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