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Connolly: It makes me proud to be captain

27 November 2020

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Defender Callum Connolly spoke to the press after Fleetwood Town’s 1-1 Sky Bet League One draw with Sunderland on Friday evening.

Connolly – who was chosen to captain the Cod Army against the Black Cats - scored Fleetwood’s equaliser, cancelling out Charlie Wyke’s earlier header, with a smart finish from inside the penalty area.

Here’s what he had to say:

On the game…

“It makes me proud to be captain. I’ve taken on the responsibility and it’s a great experience for me being captain at the minute.

“Looking at the first half and second half I think a point was a fair result. I think the in the second half we were the better side but in the first half they had a few half chances and they dominated physically. Then in the second half we got to grips in things and I think we finished the better team.

“I enjoy the battles all the time. [Danny] Graham and Wyke are two experienced strikers and it’s good to play against both, six foot three, six foot four and it’s a different game playing against someone who is five foot ten and fast. I enjoyed tonight. It was a real learning curve for me and hopefully I can improve off that.”

On playing as a centre back…

“I’m enjoying it at the minute, obviously throughout my career I’ve played in so many positions. I wouldn’t say I’ve got a particular one but this season it’s started well.

“Throughout the games I’ve felt I’ve been enjoying being on the pitch, playing in the middle and playing right hand centre half and it’s going well.

“I’ve got a great relationship with Charlie [Mulgrew] on and off the pitch. He’s a top lad, top pro. Obviously you can see by his performances he’s a good leader in the group and it shows on the pitch and in the changing room.”

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