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Captaincy helping to improve Lewis's game
STUART Lewis feels the added responsibility of being Wanderers captain is helping to make him a better player.
The midfielder was handed the skipper's armband by manager Gareth Ainsworth at the start of the season but got off to an inauspicious start after being sent off against AFC Wimbledon in his second league match.
Since then he's led by example and avoided a booking since his return to the side despite his combative, all action style of play.
He said that's been key to inspiring the rest of his team mates - and helped him become a better player at the same time.
Lewis said: "I didn't get off to the best of starts against Wimbledon but since then it's gone really well. It's a great responsibility to be captain of a great club like this - it's a massive honour.
"It gives you that little extra half a yard when you think, 'I'm captain, I have to lead from the front'. It's great to have that armband on - I'm always on the front foot and going for it."
The 26-year-old said he had an input into the half time team talk that prompted the comeback win against Torquay United on Saturday.
Lewis said Wanderers weren't good enough in the first half as they trailed 2-1 at the break and he reiterated the point made by Ainsworth.
He said: "I don't think you can repeat what he said because we were way off it in the first half. It was a bit sloppy and we were second to the second balls. All over the pitch we weren't at it. Gaz got us fired up and we gave him a good response second half.
"Even before I was named captain at the start of the season, I've always been quite vocal. I said to the lads we need to show a bit of spirit and get it going here, otherwise we are looking at two losses at home. You've got to do that as captain.
"Gaz wants everyone to be positive and that's mostly what we tried to do - look at the positives and say, 'Come on, get our spirit going'."
Lewis said that doesn't mean Ainsworth isn't afraid to give out a rollicking if it's needed though: "There are times when even I need it and the players need it but erring on the side of positive is always the best way to go."
Lewis was pleased at the resilience Wanderers showed as they twice had to come from behind before securing all three points against Torquay.
He said: "Going 2-1 behind, to come back to 3-2 shows great spirit. It's a great three points.
"We weren't at our best but winning under those circumstances shows that resilience we have. We're all buzzing tonight.
"Games like this really shape your season and shape you as a squad. After Burton last week we had to bounce back and we did that. We showed real desire to get back into it."
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