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Leonard: Level the score with Daggers

21 October 2013

Leonard wants to make up for JPT defeat with a win against the Daggers in the league

Ryan Leonard is looking forward to his chance to beat local rivals Dagenham & Redbridge and level the scores after being knocked out of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy two weeks ago.

Leonard was an unused substitute for Blues on that night having been rested by manager Phil Brown.

The midfielder is now looking forward to facing Wayne Burnett’s side and says three points in the league will be much more important than progressing in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

Leonard said: “We were obviously disappointed to be knocked out of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy after getting to the final last season, but we’ll learn from that defeat.

“Hopefully we can get a win in the league which is more important. I was disappointed not to be involved in the game but understood the manager’s decision.

“I’m looking forward to Tuesday. We’re more than capable of getting the win, especially at home.

“We’re going into the game with three clean sheets and three wins. Having lost last time we need to put in a good performance for ourselves, the fans and the club.”

Leonard is also enjoying his role as the defensive midfielder in Blues’ new 4-3-3 formation that has proved successful so far.

He added: “It’s been great playing in the sitting role and hopefully I can keep that position and make it my own.

“We’ve won every game we’ve played together as a midfield three so far so we just need to keep it going.

“We’ve got a good understanding. We know when someone gets into the box who needs to sit and it’s working well.

“There’s options to mix it up if we need to but at the moment it’s going well and we want to keep that going on Tuesday night.”

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