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Half-centurion Leonard on Millwall's "big week"

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30 September 2019

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Millwall's Ryan Leonard gave an honest assessment of Saturday's draw at Huddersfield Town, stating that The Lions "didn't quite deserve" the three points following their second-half showing.

Frazier Campbell gave The Terriers the lead in the first-half at the John Smith's Stadium, but Matt Smith took advantage of a goalkeeping error from Town stopper Kamil Grabara shortly before half-time to earn the club's 10th Sky Bet Championship point of the campaign.

Leonard, who made his 50th Lions appearance at the weekend, explained to how the squad - despite Shane Ferguson's 80th-minute red card for a second bookable offence - felt they could have done more after the break to gain a first victory on the road this season.

"It was a strange one," he said. "In the first-half, I think we played really well and we got back into the game, albeit with a lucky goal. We're disappointed with our second-half performance, we weren't quite good enough. A draw was probably a fair result, as in the second-half, we didn't quite deserve more."

Despite Huddersfield's well-publicised record, Danny Cowley's side were much-improved - something that The Lions were ready for, according to Leonard.

"The gaffer said that there would be a reaction, especially with a new manager in. We knew they would come at us and we had to weather that, and we also knew that we could get at them with the players we had on the pitch. We did that at times in the first-half, we created some good chances and were a bit unlucky not to go in at half-time ahead.

"I think we had to be realistic [following the red card]. If we had the chance to create something, then we would have, but with 10 men, if you go for it, you leave yourself a bit vunerable on the counter-attack. We had to take a point after Fergie got sent off, which was just one of those things. We had to see the game out."

The trip to Yorkshire began the start of a big week for Millwall, with a trip to Luton Town on Wednesday night and a home game with Leeds United on Saturday to come before the second international break of the campaign.

The midfielder told of the need to take parts of the weekend's performance into battle at Kenilworth Road.

"Before the game, the gaffer told us that this is a big week for us. Saturday was the start of that, and we didn't lose, so we have to take the positives from that and parts of our performance. We have to take that into Wednesday night at Luton Town, a crucial game for us where we need to go and get a win."

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