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Ryan Leonard: It's disappointing to lose but we need to bounce back on Wednesday

8 November 2015

Midfielder admits the Blues' second half performance wasn't up to scratch at Scunthorpe United.

Southend United midfielder Ryan Leonard admitted the Blues' second half performance wasn't good enough in the narrow FA Cup defeat to Scunthorpe United.

The Blues lost 2-1 to the Iron, with Paddy Madden's brace sandwiching Leonard's well executed finish.

The 23-year-old made it two goals from his last two games, and although he was pleased to get on the scoresheet again, was left frustrated to go out of the competition.

“It wasn't to be and we're disappointed,” Leonard reflected at Glanford Park.

“We conceded two very sloppy goals which is unlike us and we're really disappointed and frustrated.”

“I thought we played some good stuff and had more than enough possession but we didn't look like scoring in the second half and that's disappointing.

“It's not down to defenders. In set pieces, everyone defends them so we all need to take the blame.

“It's nice to score and it's two in two for me now but we're really gutted to miss out.”

The Blues are back in cup action on Wednesday evening, and Leonard says the players want to 'bounce back with a win' in the JPT against Bristol Rovers

“We need the fans behind us on Wednesday against Bristol Rovers. 

“They have a really good away record and it's this stage of the competition where it starts to get interesting. We need to bounce back with a win on Wednesday.”

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