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Leonard: “It will be an interesting game, but nothing else matters than to win”

Midfielder looks ahead to facing his former employers

28 September 2018

Ryan Leonard has emphasised the need to get points on the board this Saturday as The Lions take on Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United at The Den.

Leonard became Millwall’s record signing last month when he made the move to SE16 from The Blades, and is eager to put in a solid performance and pick up three points against his former side.

“[Facing Sheffield United] makes it more interesting, definitely – so that’s one thing,” Leonard says.

“For me, at the end of the day, a game’s a game. It’s one I’m looking forward to as I know all the lads there and got on with them all, so it’ll be an interesting game – but the most important thing is to go and win it, nothing else matters.

“We need the points now, as we always do.”

The midfielder played alongside Lions manager Neil Harris during his time at Southend United, and claims he has thoroughly enjoyed reuniting with the boss and getting started.

“I’ve really enjoyed my first month here, and getting back into playing games.

“It’s been great getting to know the lads, and working with the manager and the coaching staff who I knew before coming here.

“The results haven’t been what we wanted, but for me personally I have really enjoyed the first few weeks.”

Slotting straight into The Lions’ midfield since his arrival, Leonard has highlighted his pleasure at receiving regular playing time at Championship level.

“It’s been nice to come straight into the team, to be playing games and getting 90 minutes. It’s what I want, and it’s been a while since I’d had that.

“The confidence that the manager has shown in me is everything I need and everything I thought he’d give me, so hopefully we can repay him and the fans with a few results that they deserve.

“No games are easy at this level. We’ve got a hard-working group, and from what I’ve seen so far everyone trains well. We just have to put that out there on the pitch.”

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