City's frontman is ready for the fight as the team prepare to face Peterborough United on Dec 31st...
As one of the few experienced heads in the dressing room, Marcus Tudgay recognises his role as a leader among his youthful City teammates.
The striker has netted twice this season, in 17 appearances, mainly from the bench, but was gifted a rare start against Bristol Rovers on Boxing Day - something he hopes to build on.
The 33-year old said: “When the Gaffer said he was putting me in it is always pleasing. In this tough time, he feels like an experienced head up there could play a big part.
“Going forward if we can get some experience in the team it would be good. I’ve played a lot of football and been around for a number of years, it is such a young fragile squad so I’m here to help the team.
“I still find it tough myself, but that is where you need strong heads and big shoulders to carry the team. These tough times only make you stronger in your career.”
City will take on the Posh on New Years Eve, before hosting Bolton at the Ricoh Arena on Jan 2nd and Tudgay has been pleased with the response of the players to the new manager.
He added: “We’ve got to stick together and keep working hard, it has been high tempo in training and we’re all walking off with a sweat on our back.
“It has been frustrating for me, in then out. When you are out of the team, you wish the player next to you good luck and get prepared for when you are called upon.
“Forwards are paid to score goals, it is an old cliche. The new manager coming in is giving everyone belief.”