We need to have 11 captains proclaims Rovers boss Hockaday
DAVE Hockaday is hoping 11 captains can lead Forest Green through to the first round of the FA Cup tonight – including deposed skipper Jared Hodgkiss.
Longest serving player Hodgkiss wore the armband for every match of last season, but missed the opening 14 games of this campaign after injuring his ankle in the friendly with a Manchester United XI in August.
Eddie Oshodi has captained the side in his absence and will do so again in tonight's fourth qualifying round replay at Dartford (7.45pm), despite the former West Bromwich Albion man's return to fitness.
Hockaday said: "Eddie has been captain of a team of a team that's fifth in the league so he keeps the armband – it's a no brainer.
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"Jared has just come into the team so he needs to concentrate on keeping his place rather than anything else.
"I think in this country we make too much of the armband. If you're a good talker you're a good talker, whoever goes out and shakes the ref's hand and calls heads or tails.
"We should have 11 captains out there, and we will need them for a very tough game at Dartford."
Both Hockaday and Darts manager Tony Burman admitted after Saturday's 1-1 draw at the New Lawn that a replay was an unwanted addition to their busy schedule.
But tonight's game might be a useful fact-finding mission for Rovers chairman and majority shareholder Dale Vince, with the Kent outfit's Princes Park home dubbed the most environmentally friendly football ground in the UK.
Opened in 2006, the stadium boasts solar panels and rainwater collection points and even has a layer of vegetation on the roof to provide insulation and blend into the surroundings.
As for Hockaday, he is far more concerned about arresting a four-match winless run and securing a first-round home tie against League Two high fliers Port Vale.
He said: "People are concentrating quite rightly on the poor run of results we've had, but we're not playing poorly.
"We need to turn performances into results. We will over time but it would be nice if it happened sooner rather than later."
Left-back Chris Stokes could be recalled this evening after missing the last two games with a thigh strain, while midfielder Al Bangura (knee) could also feature.