‘We must learn how to win ugly’ - Leadbitter

GRANT Leadbitter doesn’t care how it comes about but he just wants to gain three points for Ipswich Town at Leeds United in tomorrow’s Championship fixture at Elland Road (kick-off 3pm).

Losing hurts the 25-year-old midfielder, who will be taking over from the suspended David Norris as captain.

“It was painful for two days after our defeat against Reading on Tuesday,” said Leadbitter.

“Now it is time to look ahead and put things right – to put that game behind us.

“There has always been skill and talent in the team, but we must learn how to win ugly – something we haven’t been able to do since I arrived here.

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“Tuesday was our worst display of the season and we have a chance to prove to everybody what we can do tomorrow.”

Leadbitter was brought to Portman Road by former manager Roy Keane in the autumn of 2009 and has been a virtual ever present since.

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“I have come on as a player this season and I’m a more mature player now,” he added.

“And I’m looking forward to keep improving with Ipswich Town in the years ahead.

“I did not do very well in the first half at Cardiff last weekend and was a bit flat on Tuesday and I’m looking to make up for that at Leeds.”

Leadbitter says that leading the team does not alter the way he plays, explaining: “I’m a quiet character and I lead by the way I play my football, and of course it’s an honour to lead out a big club like Ipswich Town.

“But I’m just standing in for a good captain in Chuck (David Norris) and I’m happy to do that.”

Leadbitter will be looking for goals tomorrow with his three this season all coming from the penalty spot.

“I’ve not scored enough goals, and this is one side of my game I am looking to improve,” he said .

“Perhaps it will be a scruffy goal, but it is time for me to find the net from open play as I need to add this to my game.

“Once one comes I’ll be looking for others to follow.

“We all know that Leeds will be tough, but we need to find some consistency in our performances as there is still plenty to play for this season before we look ahead to what we can achieve in 2011/12.”

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