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Leonard: Quick out of the blocks

28 May 2013

Blues' fastest player over 10, 20 and 40m says we must get off to a good start to the 2013/14 season

Ryan Leonard may have been quickest out of the blocks over 10, 20 and 40m, but he says the whole team must get off to a fast start next season as they bid for promotion to League 1.

Blues didn’t pick up their first win of the season until the fourth League game of the campaign in 2012/13, and Ryan says it’s important Blues get off to a good start to give the fans belief this time around.

The midfielder, who turned 21 last week, said: “It was a nice little surprise to come out as the quickest over the shorter distances – I wasn’t really expecting it to be honest.

“I knew I was pretty good at running but we had some quick players in the team so it was nice to come out on top.

“Having that speed helps over the first five yards to catch up or get away from a player. We played as a midfield three towards the end of the season and we tried to hassle opponents as much as possible.

“It worked well I thought as we all have different parts to our game that worked strongly together. Unfortunately we didn’t get the right results but we had some good performances.

“It’s important we put in good performances at the start of the new season and we all get off to a good start. It’d be great if we could pick up some wins and get the fans confident early in the season.

“But we can’t panic if we don’t get off to the best of starts. We didn’t this season either but we went on a good run and got ourselves back in it before falling away after Christmas.

“Getting off to a good start will give the crowd a boost and hopefully get more people to our home games. Our home form must also improve, it wasn’t good enough this season, but we’re determined to put that right next year.

“If we can do that then we’ll have a good chance of achieving promotion because our away form since I've been here has always been pretty good.”

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