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Skipper relishing responsibility

7 September 2016

'I love being captain of this club', those were the words of Billy Sharp following Sunday's last-gasp victory at Gillingham.

And it was the 30-year-old with his third of the season, who kept his composure from the penalty spot to fire Chris Wilder's side to all three points in Kent and secure back-to-back maximums in League One.

On the captaincy, Sharp remarked: "It was what I dreamed of as a kid. I would have been happy to do it just once but to lead the team out every week is a great feeling.

"I would like to say it hasn't changed me, but it probably has a bit. Last season, I could have a bit of a tantrum and could have had a few at Gillingham because I missed a few chances prior to scoring the penalty.

"But I have to stay focused and keep encouraging the boys. There are a lot of captains out there for us, a lot of vocal lads, that's great and it has helped me."

Of his decisive spot-kick in stoppage-time at the Priestfield Stadium, he added: "There is always pressure with a penalty in the last minute but I was happy to take it. No problem at all.

"I managed to hit it well and we got the three points, which was the main thing.

"I can't remember the last time we won away or the last time we won two games on the trot in the league. So, hopefully, we can build on it and go on a winning streak."

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