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Wins more important than performances, says Leonard

Hear from Saturday's match-winner...

11 July 2020

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Match-winner Ryan Leonard described Millwall's two halves in Saturday's win at Hull City as "brilliant" and "scrappy" - but stated that at this stage of the season, points are the priority over performances.

The midfielder netted a stunning winner in just the second minute at the KCOM Stadium, on an afternoon which saw two very different halves of football played out.

The first 45 minutes was full of chances and a very positive Lions performance, whilst after the break, Gary Rowett's men were forced to do more defensive work and grind out a result.

After Wednesday's 2-0 defeat at home to Middlesbrough saw the club drop to 11th place in the League table and five points off the Play-Offs, Saturday's win puts The Lions right back in the mix for the final spot in the end-of-season lottery.

"It was a big win, we needed a reaction," the midfielder told "In the first-half I thought we were brilliant. In the second-half, it was a bit scrappy - we had to fight it out, but we did enough to win the game, so we're all very pleased.

"At this stage of the season it's more about winning than performances, and we got the three points, so we move on to Tuesday."

The 28-year-old's goal came out of the blue, but was enough to settle the weekend's match.

"Coops gave the ball to me and I thought I'd get it out of my feet and hit it. Thankfully, I managed to cut across it a bit and it went over the goalkeeper's head and into the far corner.

"It was a good start to the game, the gaffer wanted us to do that. It was nice to get one, finally."

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