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LEGGE: "WE NEVER GAVE UP"

4 March 2013

Gills defender praises determination of squad

Leon Legge says he is hoping to chip in with a few more goals this season after netting the equaliser in the 1-1 draw with Aldershot at the EBB Stadium on Saturday.

His 75th minute header cancelled out Craig Reid’s strike early in the second half and the Gills centre-back said the players never gave up on trying to get themselves back in to the game.

He said: “When a new man comes in it lifts the place, they’ve had a few decent results and I know how he [Andy Scott] sets his teams up – they scrap away and fight hard and for them it was a good result and it was a good point for us.

“There was a lot of defending to do, they came at us a bit better in the second half and it was a bit more open. In the first half we had a lot more corners and a lot more possession but didn’t make the most of it.

“Quite a few balls went in to the box and me and Adam had to deal with it and it’s been like that in a few games where teams have thrown the ball in the box and it’s like heading practice really.

“It was a direct sort of game and one of my attributes is being good in the air so that suits me. We want to get it down and play really and in the first half the ball was always up in the air and that made it scrappy.

“They came at us and got the early goal and we took our time to get back in to the game really and once we scored the goal we looked a bit more of a threat going forward.

“I nearly got on the end of another cross but we just kept on going forward and I was hoping we were going to nick a winner, but I think a point was a fair result.

“We never gave up, even when we were going through a bad patch of 20 minutes in the second half, we still kept plugging away and then got the goal.

“I passed it out to Bradley Dack and just carried on the run, I got on the end of Whelpdale’s cross and there you go, goal!”

Leon believes he has got sharper as each game has passed, and now wants to impress further and chip in with more goals as the business end of the season approaches.

He said: “It feels like I have been here longer than I actually have – it was a fresh start to me and I wanted to hit the ground running and I feel  I have done that and with every game I felt I have got better.

“My match fitness and sharpness has gone up and I’m showing the fans what I can do.

“Of the 12 games I have played so far I think my fitness levels have gone right up and when you’re fit your sharpness comes.

“At the start of the season I normally set my aim for five goals and I’ve got three so far so hopefully I will get two or three more and I have 10 games to do it in.”


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