Ryan Leonard speaks following Southend United's 1-0 defeat to Torquay United
Ryan Leonard says Blues must put a ‘bad day at the office’ behind them, having seen their unbeaten run come to an end at Torquay, and start again against Rochdale on Friday.
Leonard made his comeback from injury as a second half substitute but was unable to alter the outcome of the game, as Blues were beaten 1-0.
The midfielder admits Blues weren’t good enough at Plainmoor, but has backed everyone to respond against Rochdale on Friday night.
Leonard said: “We just weren’t good enough against Torquay and it was simply a bad day at the office that we’ve got to put behind us.
“We will watch the DVD during the week and work out what went wrong, but it was really disappointing to see the unbeaten run come to an end.
“The conditions were horrible but it is the same for both sides. That’s no excuse for us, we just weren’t at it all over the pitch.
“I think if we knew what went wrong right now, we’d have changed it on the pitch, but we just couldn’t play our usual game, it’s not acceptable on our part.
“We’ve got to get back in to training on Monday and work as hard as we can to prepare for Rochdale where we’ll start again looking to build another good run.”
Leonard says Blues didn’t rise to the challenge of taking on a side fighting for everything at the wrong end of the table.
He added: “They are going to be fighting, their fans got behind them and we knew that was going to happen. We knew it would be a tough game and we didn’t rise to the occasion.
“The first goal was crucial and we had a few chances. If we’d have taken one before they scored it could have been different. We should have defended their goal better too, but to be fair to the lad it was a good finish.
“The wind was very strong and the pitch was bobbly, but the conditions were tough for both teams and we should have done. They dealt with those conditions better and because of that they’ve come away with the win.”