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Leonard: Keep calm and make the most of home advantage

14 May 2014

Ryan Leonard is looking forward to Saturday's second leg against Burton Albion

Ryan Leonard believes Blues will make the most of home advantage on Saturday when Burton Albion visit Roots Hall for the play-off second leg.

Leonard believes Blues showed enough on Sunday in the 1-0 first leg defeat to remain positive, and approach the game in the right frame of mind on Saturday.

The midfielder insists the pressure will not get to the squad, as he feels the squad will thrive under it.

He said: “Of course we didn’t get the result we set out for before the game on Sunday, but we can take a number of positives from it other than the result.

“At times we didn’t create much but we had most of the play and looked composed on the ball. They didn’t really create much either.

“We’ve kept a good number of clean sheet this season and that mentality will be very important on Saturday if we’re to have a chance.

“There will be real pressure on both teams, but I’m sure we’ll be able to deal with it as a squad, and hopefully we can take that pressure in our stride.

“We know exactly what we’ve got to do to stand a chance and that is win the game. We’ve got to have a positive mentality from the outset.”

With over 7,500 home tickets now sold, a red-hot atmosphere is expected at Roots Hall, and Leonard can’t wait.

He was amazed by the level of support of Sunday, and hopes the noise will be even greater on Saturday afternoon.

“I don’t remember a game at this level where I’ve seen that sort of away support,” he added. “That’s a credit to all the supporters at the club.

“It was a shame we weren’t able to get a goal for them on Sunday, but hopefully we can make up for that in front of even more supporters at Roots Hall.

“You could hear the fans the whole way through the game and we need that again this weekend if we’re going to turn this tie around.

“To get to Wembley, we’ve all got to pull together as one, and give it absolutely everything we’ve got. If we do that, we’ll be celebrating.”

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