Sheffield Wednesday: Martin Taylor proud to captain Owls in comeback fight

My ball: Martin Taylor beats Brighton's Craig Mackail-Smith.
My ball: Martin Taylor beats Brighton's Craig Mackail-Smith.

MARTIN Taylor is honoured to be Wednesday’s new captain and backing the club to bounce back after their losing run.

He goes into his second game as skipper against Bolton today looking for his first win since he joined the club on deadline day from Watford.

“It’s a massive honour,” says the centre half who has inherited the armband from Jose Semedo.

“I was really proud when the gaffer called me up to his office and told me what he was going to do,” he added. “Now it’s about concentrating on the whole team side of things and getting that first win since I came, which would be great.

“There are a lot experienced lads here. They know what we’ve got to do. I’ve been in this situation plenty of times when nothing seems to be going right.

“Sometimes we’ve been punished; sometimes we’ve had a bit of misfortune. We have to get back to doing the defending part of the game. For the back four, that means winning your headers and tackles and being in the right positions. Everything stems from that. There’s enough quality to turn it around.”

The 32-year-old admits that being captain carries extra responsibility: “You need to be able to go into the dressing toom and talk to the lads, and do the bits and bobs off the pitch and at the training ground that come with being captain.

“In football you have the big talk on the pitch: you’re shouting at players, and there are plenty of players who do that.

“The little talk is when you have a little chat with someone, give them a pointer here and there, ask how they’re doing, and make sure everybody is feeling good and is ready for the game.”

Dave Jones chose Taylor because of his experience and leadership but also points out that new players do not always settle in fully straight away.

“Because of that experience people expect him to settle in from the off,” says Jones. “If that happens with all your new players, you are a very lucky person. Martin brings experience, a wealth of knowledge, and leadership.”

Jose Semedo felt privileged to be captain but never viewed it as necessarily a long-term role and was happy to relinquish it to concentrate on his own game.

Jones said: “Semi and Martin are completelty different personalities but both bring something. Semi wants to lead by example and is less vocal than Martin, and wants to concentrate on his own game.

“When you’re captain, it’s not just what goes on on the pitch, it carries off-the-pitch responsibilities as well, and you have to make sure they don’t interfere with your playing - Semi felt it was interfering.

“That’s a big decision for him to make, He wore the armband with pride but was big enough to admit it was hindering him.

“Martin too thinks its an honour and he can handle the other bits as well.”

Taylor also said: “Confidence is still high. After the result against Huddersfield, everyone was down, but the manager came in and tried to lift us, and as soon as we got back into training the confidence came flowing back.”