PAUL Caddis will lead out City at Portsmouth after Martin Drury changed captains.

City’s caretaker boss took the armband off previous skipper Anthony O’Connor to give it to the right back.

Drury said: “Paul has been one of the most consistent performers in the group since he joined the club. He’s well respected by the players and staff.

“I just felt that Anthony O’Connor has played a hell of a lot of football this season.

“We’ve kept clean sheets at times and Anthony has played an integral part of that. But there’s been an inconsistency within the group and we’re in the top five in the league for goals conceded.

“There’s been an inconsistency of performance and Anthony has taken a lot of that burden upon himself this season.

“I just wanted to take that pressure off him and give it to Paul, who I know can handle those expectations having had the career he’s had.

“But whoever has that armband on is not that big a deal. I need 11 captains out there on Saturday.”

Drury stressed that O’Connor accepted the decision after he explained the reasons for the switch.

“Anthony took it like the professional he is,” he added. “I spoke with him and he understood.

“We had two conversations around it because he wanted to be clear about why the decision was made.

“We drew a line under it and he came in the following morning and trained exceptionally well.”