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Southend United's Ryan Leonard: Don't dwell on defeat to AFC Wimbledon
RYAN Leonard has urged Southend United not to dwell on their disappointing 1-0 defeat to AFC Wimbledon at Roots Hall on Saturday.
The Shrimpers were unable to secure a fourth successive win as Jack Midson’s penalty secured the Dons all three points.
But, despite the setback, Blues remain sixth in the League Two standings.
And Leonard is now desperate to help Phil Brown’s side secure a successful end to the season to ensure a top seven finish.
“We’re very disappointed, especially as we created enough chances to have won but we need to go to Rochdale now and make up for it there,” said the hard-working midfielder.
“We’re still in a good position, we’re in the play-offs with four games to go and we want to make sure we stay there now.
“We have 12 points still to play for and we need to be confident about our chances and make sure we hit Rochdale with everything we’ve got when we go there.”
However, Blues will be making the long journey north on the back of a disappointing result.
And Leonard was disappointed not to have scored himself in the second half when he fired wide of the left post after being teed up by his flat-mate Barry Corr.
“I’m disappointed because I know I should’ve done a lot better with that opportunity,” said Leonard.
“I should really have scored but it’s one of those things and on another day it would go in.
“The positive thing is that we’re still creating these chances but we need to start putting them away again if we are to achieve a place in the play-offs.
“We will learn from this defeat but we shouldn’t dwell on it too much because we had won three games in a row before this.
“We’ve shown we’re a good side and we need to go and show it again during what is definitely going to be an interesting end to the season.”