Birmingham new-boy Liam Ridgewell has labelled his captaincy debut as "one of the greatest achievements of his career".
The defender led his new side in the heart of the defence against Chelsea, and was handed the skipper's armband due to the absence of Damien Johnson and Martin Taylor through injury.
The £2million signing recognises that he may well not captain the side again, but hopes to continue to do so should Johnson and Taylor not make swift returns.
Ridgewell told the Birmingham Mail: "It's one of the greatest achievements in my career.
A real honour
"It's a real honour. I thank the gaffer for that. Hopefully I can continue as captain for a few more games before a few of the others come back in.
"It was fantastic to do it. I only found out before the game when we were on the pitch. It's what I'm made for, it's what I want to do. I want to captain sides and have a responsibility on me."
Birmingham boss Steve Bruce was delighted with Ridgewell's reaction to the added responsibility, and has labelled his new signing as "a leader of men".
The defender impressed in his first game against Chelsea, and despite the defeat, Bruce was pleased with the way Ridgewell led the side.
A leader of men
"He's vocal, he's got a presence about him, which I like, and I have no problems with where he's come from," said Bruce.
"I have been delighted with the way he's responded to all that.
"Liam's a leader of men, I believe, and I had no hesitation in giving him the armband. He's whole-hearted, competitive and I thought he gave an excellent performance on his debut."