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Leonard: Draw feels like a defeat

22 September 2013

Midfielder says positives must be taken as losing streak is ended with a draw, but says it should have ended with a win

Ryan Leonard says Blues have to learn quickly and cut out sloppy errors as they look to end their winless run.

The midfielder says the draw with Bury feels like a defeat having conceded so late on.

The only positive, says the 21-year-old, is that the losing streak is over, and now Blues can focus on ending the winless run.

He said: “The positive we can take from today is that we’ve ended that run of losing after four games.

“It’s only a draw today, and as much as it feels like a defeat, we haven’t lost the game.

"We have got to learn quickly and stop making these errors that are costing us.

“We’ve now got to look to end the winless run against Bristol Rovers on Saturday in front of the home fans.

“The fans at Gigg Lane were brilliant and they deserved to see us win the game, so we’re out to make it up for them too.

“I thought we’d been playing well and we had a couple of changes to be out of sight.

“But missed opportunities happen in football and you’ve still got to be able to see the game out.

“Conceding another set piece is very disappointing and we should have done better, there’s no excuses.

“We will have a good week in training, work hard and then go and get the three points back at Roots Hall.”

Leonard was unsure after the game whether Ben Coker should have seen red.

He added: “We’re not convinced about the red card but it shouldn’t have changed anything.

“I thought we’d defended well all through the game and that makes the goal we did concede even harder to take.”

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