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Ryan Leonard: Fan backing will create a 'buzz' for us at Wycombe Wanderers

11 December 2014

Midfielder says the backing from the travelling Blue Army can help spur the side on to victory.

Southend United midfielder Ryan Leonard wants the Blue Army – with around 1,500 expected to travel to Buckinghamshire – to get behind the team against the table-topping Wanderers.

Blues have laid on free coaches and 22-year-old Leonard says the players do get a 'buzz' when playing in front of plenty of their own supporters.

“They've been a surprise package this season and have plenty of good players. To take the amount of fans we're going to bring will be a real buzz for the lads,” he said.

“The fans have been great since I've arrived at the Club and I'm sure they'll back us excellently again.

“It's a big game for both teams, both sets of fans will be at it on Saturday and we need to make sure we embrace the atmosphere.”

The Southend number 18 admits it's good to be back – but insists he may struggle to get back into the Blues side.

Lenny was substituted due to a groin injury at half time during the game at Tranmere Rovers in mid-November, but says a good week's training – and a behind closed doors game – has given him a fighting chance of playing against Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday.

“I'm feeling good and have trained all week. It was nothing major and it's settled down now,” Leonard beamed.

“I'm looking forward to the game against Wycombe. The team are doing really well which is good and it will difficult to get back in after a great result against Northampton.

“The games come thick and fast at this stage of the season. We want a good result against Wycombe to kick on and do similar for another tough game against Burton next Friday.”

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