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Leonard: Biggest game of my career

22 January 2014

Ryan Leonard can't wait to take on Premier League opposition for the first time when Hull City visit on Saturday

Ryan Leonard says the game against Hull City in the FA Cup fourth round will be the biggest of his career.
 
Leonard is just to come up against Premier League opposition so far, but can’t wait for the opportunity to test himself against the Tigers at Roots Hall on Saturday.
 
The midfielder has been in fine form this season, and has scored four goals since the turn of the year. He’d like to continue that against Steve Bruce’s side on Saturday.
 
The 21-year-old said: “I can’t wait for the game. All the lads are buzzing. It should be a terrific atmosphere at Roots Hall.
 
“I’m really looking forward to going up against Premier League opposition. It’s not happened before in my career so I can’t wait.
 
“There’s quite a few young lads in this team so we’re all looking forward to the game. Hopefully we can produce a cup shock.
 
“As young players, they are playing at the level you want to reach, so I’m hoping I can continue my good form against them.
 
“I’ve been pleased with my form so far this season and I just want to keep that going, but it’s also nice to have added the goals to my game.
 
“This is the biggest game of my career so far and it would be great if we could cause a cup upset.”
 
Having lost just once in 15 games, Leonard believes Blues couldn’t be in much better shape heading into Saturday’s fixture against Hull.
 
With the Tigers likely to make changes, Leonard says Blues have got a chance to cause a shock, as long as they play as they have been doing in recent weeks.
 
He said: “Obviously Hull City are better than us because they are playing in the Premier League and we’re in League 2.
 
“I expect they will make a few changes and hopefully we can take advantage of that.
 
“Whatever team they put out it will still be a very strong side, but we are a team full of confidence thanks to our recent results.
 
“I’m sure the fans will get right behind us, as they always do, and with over 9,000 home fans there I’m sure the atmosphere will be amazing.
 
“We will have to be at our very best if we are going to upset the odds, and hope they aren’t at their best. But we know anything can happen in this competition.”

An exclusive interview with Ryan is available on Blues Player.

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