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Leonard: We didn't make the most of a crucial period in defeat to Walsall

13 August 2014

Ryan Leonard was pleased to get off the mark with his first goal of the season, but admits the team were disappointed they hadn’t beaten Walsall in the Capital One Cup.

Blues were the better side for long periods of the game, but were unable to make the most of their chances until Leonard’s stunning strike made it 1-1.

A dominant spell for ten or so minutes after the goal followed for Blues and Leonard admitted that was the crucial time for Phil Brown’s side having seen Walsall snatch the win late on.

Leonard said: “The crucial ten minutes was after we got level because the crowd were up and we were pressing for a second goal.

“There looked like there would be only one winner at that stage but we weren’t able to make the most of a few chances that we created.

“We had quite a few clear cut chances over the course of the game. Walsall didn’t have many but they took two and that was enough.

“We’re disappointed because we felt we played well enough to get something from the game against good opposition.

“I was pleased to get off the mark in just our second game. We’re all still getting up to speed as it is early days.

“I might not hit one as sweet as that for a while. I was delighted to see it hit the back of the net.”

Despite defeat, Leonard says positives can be taken from the game and Blues will be full of confidence heading into Saturday’s game with Stevenage.

He added: “Confidence is high because of a good performance against Walsall and three points against Accrington Stanley on Saturday.

“We’ll have to take what we did against Walsall, add a bit more, and hopefully come away with the three points against Stevenage.

“We’re down at the moment but we’ll put this behind us quickly and put our focus into the league which has always been the main priority.”

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