With Mile away on international duty, I am honoured to wear the armband in his absence this month, especially as the Tottenham game could be my 100th appearance for the club which would make it an extra special occasion for me.
I've had a wonderful two and a half years at this football club but now isn't the time to reflect on milestones. We've got a big game against Tottenham and I'm fully focused on leading the team to a good result.
It's been a hectic start to the new year for us, with the Dover game being our fourth since Boxing Day, but I think our performances are beginning to turn the corner. We've kept three clean sheets in a row now which is pleasing as a defender, and we'll want to keep that run going against a very good Spurs side who have been in decent form of late.
I was very impressed, but not surprised, at the professionalism the boys showed when we took on Dover last weekend. It had all the hallmarks of a potential cup upset but thanks to our attitude before and during the game, that never arose as we controlled the tie throughout.
It was great to see my fellow defensive partner Scott Dann knock in a couple of goals too, we've not been scoring too many of late so it's important that we all start chipping in with a few here and there to take the pressure off our strikers.
Credit it to Dover though, they gave us a good game and it was great to see so many of their fans turn out for a historic afternoon for them. Hopefully they can kick on and be successful this
season, and the same goes for us as it's nice to be in the fourth round and hopefully we can progress further.
It was also great to get the win for the new manager. Since he's come in the boys have been really impressed, and we're looking forward to implementing some of his tactics and methods into our play this afternoon and during the coming weeks.
We're in a fight down the bottom of the table so we need to start picking up as many points as possible to help us ahead of the crunch time of the season in April and May. This time last season we began to get on a good run of form which set us up nicely for the coming months, so we'll be looking to replicate that again.