Diouf shocked to be bestowed with Doncaster captaincy

Following Doncaster Rovers goalless draw with Watford on Saturday, attack El-Hadji Diouf admitted it was a shock he was given the skipper’s armband.

With club captain Geroge Friend missing due to a foot injury, manager Dean Saunders turned to the former Liverpool and Bolton striker to lead the team out.

The former Senegalese international helped Donny bounce back from their 2-0 defeat to Yorkshire counterparts, Barnsley, with a battling performance against the Yellow Army of Watford, and fully deserved their point.

Although later substituted in the match, Diouf led his team well, and was unfazed at the duties he had been given. His previous experience no doubt helped when he took on the role of leader for club and country once before.

Diouf admitted post-match, “It was a surprise and I didn’t know before the game.

“I was surprised when the gaffer told me but it shows anything can happen in football.

“I was captain for a time at Bolton Wanderers and for Senegal and the most important thing is what you show on the pitch and outside the pitch. The gaffer wanted to give me that responsibility and now I have to show him that I deserve it.”

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