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Leonard hoping to continue impressing

18 April 2013

Midfielder hopes to keep his place for the remaining two games of the season

Ryan Leonard is hoping he can continue to impress as part of a three man midfield between now and the end of the season, starting at York on Saturday.

Leonard, Marc Laird and Matt Lund have linked up well as a three-man midfield in the previous two games against Bristol Rovers and Aldershot and Ryan is desperate to continue that in the remaining two games of the season.

He said: “It’s been really good to be back in the side, it’s a little bit of a different role as we’re now playing as a three in the middle of the park but I’m really enjoying it and the whole team are putting in good performances.

“Against Bristol Rovers we deserved to win the game, we missed a few chances, myself included, but we put in a good performance, and then against Aldershot on Tuesday night we battled really well and picked up an excellent result against a side who are battling for everything down at the bottom of the table.

“There’s two games left in the season and we’d like to go unbeaten and make it four in a row without defeat and see where that leaves us come 5pm next Saturday. We can only win our two remaining games now and see where we’re at come the end of the season.

“Hopefully I can keep my place in the side for those two remaining matches. It was a bit frustrating not being involved when the new manager came in but I’ve had my chance in the last couple of games and hopefully I have impressed him enough to stay in the team.”

Ryan had seven stitches just above his eye following a nasty clash of heads towards the end of the Bristol Rovers game, but said there was no doubt in his mind he wanted to be involved again on Tuesday night – even if he did have to wear a headband to protect the injury.

He added: “I didn’t really want to wear the headband to be honest, the lads gave me a little bit of stick for how I looked with it on. I spoke with the manager on Monday morning following the injury and he asked how I felt about playing. I’ve suffered a bit with injury this season but there was no way I wanted to miss the game so I said I was available and I’m delighted I was picked and played a part in an important win.”

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