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Match Preview: Ryan Leonard aiming to get back playing and winning, against Exeter City

17 October 2014

Former Plymouth man wants to get one over fellow Devon side Exeter City

Returning Southend United utility man Ryan Leonard is looking forward to coming up against a club from his home county when Exeter City visit Roots Hall on Saturday.

Leonard – who began his career with the Grecians’ local rivals Plymouth Argyle – made his comeback from a troublesome hamstring injury in Blues’ defeat to Luton Town last week and is raring to go ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two encounter.

“It felt good to be back last Saturday.” Leonard said with a smile.

“You have to be careful with hamstring injuries. The last week it’s felt good and it’s all about keeping it strong now.
“It would be nice to start on Saturday. I came on at right back against Luton and it was nice to get back in the team and kick-start my season again after a couple of weeks out.

“The fitness coach has helped me get back up to full strength and it was good to get some game time against Ipswich Town in midweek."

Reflecting on the defeat to Luton, 22-year-old Leonard admits Southend were flat, but is aiming to help the team get back to winning ways against Exeter.

“It wasn’t a great result or performance. We look ahead to Saturday now against Exeter. I picked up the hamstring injury against Cheltenham but I’m feeling good now.

“We’ve got to find consistency now and hopefully we can start another winning run

“It’ll be nice to play against them. They’re down from my neck of the woods but it’s just another game. I expect some stick from their fans with me being a Plymouth boy!”

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