Birmingham skipper Ridgewell: I want to be like the gaffer

Birmingham City captain Liam Ridgewell says he's trying to model his game on his manager Steve Bruce.

Bruce made his name as a take-no-prisoners, goal-scoring centre-back at Manchester United during a distinguished nine-year spell, which included captaining the Old Trafford club to the 1995-1996 Premiership title.

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Bruce has helped instil the same dogged determination into Ridgewell after signing the stopper from arch-rivals Aston Villa for £2million this summer.

"Steve Bruce was a great player and I have tried to bring some of his attributes to my game," admitted Ridgewell, who notched five goals for Villa in 2005-2006. "It would be great if people see me as a player in Steve's mould and I can carry on being a leader like him. Hopefully I am better looking, but I don't know what he would say about that!

"A captain's role is to inspire the team and my heart is on my sleeve like the gaffer's. My goal was what the gaffer was all about when he played.

"And hopefully a few more goals will help win over any remaining doubters.

"Steve Bruce was inspirational as a player, often playing with injuries and I am also willing to play through anything for the club.

"It would be fantastic if I was to captain Birmingham to stay up. It would be a dream come true and we are on the way to achieving it."

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