Stand-in skipper Liam Ridehalgh heaped praise on a “very good” first-half display - following City's 2-1 victory over Scunthorpe United.
Mark Hughes' men were two goals in front after just five minutes thanks to early strikes from Jamie Walker and Charles Vernam and, despite conceding late on in the opening period, they were able to see the game out to earn all three points at the Utilita Energy Stadium.
Ridehalgh was thrilled with the way the team performed in the opening 45 minutes and was pleased to have earned the win.
He said: “Our first-half performance was very good. We come off a little bit in the second, but we got the three points in the end and, overall, it was a good performance.
“To score two goals so early really puts you in good stead for the rest of the game.
“We could have four or maybe five in the first half, but we just did not take our chances and then of course an error from ourselves let them back into the game at 2-1, which gave them belief.
“I was just really happy we won the game. There are two games left now and we are definitely looking to win them both.”
The 31-year-old also touched on the experience of captaining City on the afternoon.
Ridehalgh insists he feels ready to take on the task when needed, and spoke of his pride at having led out his team-mates.
He added: “I am at an age now where I can take that responsibility.
“I can give the rest of the lads my experience. I really enjoyed it and thrived off it.
“When you get the trust from the manager to give you that armband, it means something special and that I must be doing something right.
“It was disappointing that I was dealing with a concussion issue when the manager first came in as I could not train or play.
“You just have to get your head down and when the opportunity arises, and look after yourself off the pitch.
“I feel as though I have done that. I have come in, trained hard and am in the team now, and hopefully that will continue.”
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