Midfielder set for Home Park return, and he's confident Blues can continue their winning start to 2014
Ryan Leonard is looking forward to heading back to his boyhood club this weekend, but only because he’s confident Blues can continue their winning start to 2014.
Leonard grew up watching Plymouth Argyle as a kid, before playing for the club. He moved to Blues in 2011 and this season he has cemented his place at the heart of the midfield.
And with three goals so far this calendar year, Leonard hopes he can continue that form on Saturday and down his former club.
He said: “It’s always enjoyable to go back down and see my family and friends. It’s a nice ground to play at too.
“We’ve made a really good start to the year and I’ve got a few goals so hopefully I can keep that going on Saturday against Plymouth.
“A lot of my family and Plymouth fans, some don’t even know what football is though, but they’ll be there supporting me – I think I’ll need about 20 tickets.
“Plymouth have done well in recent months so we know it’s going to be a tough game, but we’re in really good form ourselves.
“If we can match the levels we reached against Portsmouth and Millwall, then I’m confident we can come away with a big three points.
“Cup progress is great, but that’s on the backburner now and all we’re focused on is the league, these are the most important games.”
Leonard says Blues can’t afford to play like they did against Torquay, the last time they visited the West Country.
He added: “We were obviously down that way for Torquay a few weeks ago, and we can’t drop to that level of performance.
“The conditions were tough but there was no excuse for the way we played and I’m sure that won’t happen again.
“That has been our only defeat in 13 games so it shows we’re doing something right.
“If we can keep this run going then we’ll continue to stay in and around the places we want to be come the end of the season.”
Leonard’s four goals this season have all come from Barry Corr assists, and it’s something his housemate won’t let him forget.
“Barry hasn’t stopped reminding me that he’s set up all my goals so far this season,” Lenny said.
“He does a great job for the team and it was good to see him get a goal against Millwall.
“Hopefully he can continue that against Plymouth – or at least set me up again!”