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Ryan Leonard: We want to repay the faith of the fans with a Wembley win

20 May 2015

22-year-old says Blues need to treat the Final as a 'normal game'.

Midfielder Ryan Leonard says he and his team-mates want to repay the faith when Southend United do battle with Wycombe Wanderers at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.

The 22-year-old says that although it's fantastic to get the chance to play at Wembley, the team have to concentrate on the job in hand, rather than the occasion.

“It's a nice thing to get to Wembley and we need to concentrate on what is a massive game. We need to stay focussed and make sure we play well because promotion to League One is on offer,” he said.

“It'll be massive. The whole reason you get into football is to play in occasions like the one we'll be in on Saturday. We bounced back from the disappointment at Wembley and want to repay the faith after the fantastic support the fans have given us over the season and win the game.”

Leonard's superb finish got Blues back in the game against Stevenage in the second leg of the play-off semi-final at Roots Hall, but what was that celebration all about?!

“It was a bit of a mess around to be honest! Me, Will [Atkinson] and Barry [Corr] all live together and watched quite a bit of the World Snooker Championships and were supporting Stuart Bingham. We knew he was at the game and we said whoever scores does the celebration for him, because we knew he was at Roots Hall watching us!

“It's a big Club for the league we're in and we want to get the result the fans deserve. We'll do our very best on Saturday. We know it'll be a tight affair but we need to play like we've done all season. We need to treat it like a normal game and go and win.”

You can listen to Ryan discussing Wembley by clicking here.

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