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Leonard: One of those days

13 April 2014

Ryan Leonard on the 1-0 defeat to AFC Wimbledon

Ryan Leonard felt it was ‘one of those days’ on Saturday as Southend United were beaten 1-0 by AFC Wimbledon at Roots Hall.

The midfielder arguably had Blues’ best opportunity of the game, but could only fire wide after good work to beat his man.

In the end, Jack Midson’s penalty won it for the visitors, and Leonard said Blues needed to put this game behind them as quickly as possible.

He said: “We did a lot of good things, but in the end, it was just one of those days where things just didn’t seem to fall for us.

“We created the chances and that’s the main thing, but we couldn’t take them and we’re going to have to do better in the final four games.

“We’ll look back at the game in training on Monday, but I don’t think too much needs to change, there were positives for us to take.

“At the end of the day, if we stick the ball in the back of the net from just one of the chances, we get something from the game.

“I was disappointed not to score because I’d got past my man but then just fired wide. On another day, that might’ve gone it too.”

Leonard credited AFC Wimbledon for their game plan, as they threw their bodies in the way of everything Blues tried to do.

He added: “They game here with a plan and it worked for them today. The goal was frustrating from our point of view but they took full advantage.

“Bentley has been fantastic for us this season and usually if he goes the right way he’ll make the save, but he was unlucky today.

“They kept going right until the end and got in the way of everything, so sometimes you have to credit the opposition for their display.

“We’ve got four games left and a big week of training coming up. We will keep going and fighting for that play-off place.”

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