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Cowley: Curtis Deserved Armband Honour

Forward was named skipper at Gillingham

28 November 2021

Ronan Curtis in action for Pompey at Gillingham
Photo: Jason Brown

The captain’s armband has certainly been passed around among Pompey’s squad so far this season.

Clark Robertson was named skipper at the start of the season, with his injury meaning Lee Brown took up the mantle.

A suspension for the latter then saw Sean Raggett leading the side out at Lincoln, only to then collect a ban of his own.

So Ronan Curtis was entrusted with the role for the first time when Pompey visited Gillingham on Saturday.

And Danny Cowley has revealed why he selected the Republic of Ireland international as captain for the League One victory.

The Blues boss said: “I believe in celebrating players who put the team first and we’ve asked him to be a leader in this group in his own way.

"I just thought that it would give him the boost he needed. I’m delighted that we were able to find the winner in his first game as captain."

Danny Cowley

“He’s worked tirelessly since the transfer window closed and is always someone who performs with so much personality.

“I knew it meant a lot to him and also that he was tired because he’d flattened himself out on Tuesday.

“So I just thought that it would give him the boost he needed. I’m delighted that we were able to find the winner in his first game as captain.”

Brown did not return to the side at Priestfield Stadium, despite having served his one-match ban for collecting five yellow cards.

Cowley said: “He’s had a stiff back and wasn’t happy after training on Friday. He warmed up and it wasn’t right, while we can’t risk defenders at the moment.

“Reeco was also probably only around 70 per cent fit, but he put the team first and it wasn’t easy for him.”


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