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Cambridge United captain Leon Legge hopes to cause FA Cup upset against Leeds United

Cambridge United captain Leon Legge.
Cambridge United captain Leon Legge.

U's skipper ready for stern test

Leon Legge is relishing the challenge of getting to grips with Sky Bet Championship giants Leeds United in the FA Cup third round on Monday night.

The Yorkshire club are one of the form sides in the Championship this season, sitting in fifth place with four wins from their last five games as they seek a long-awaited return to the Premier League.

But Cambridge United are unbeaten in their last seven games, and are also in the play-off places in Sky Bet League Two.

“We’ve just come off a good run from the festive period and took the majority of points from there and our focus is on the FA Cup against a big club like Leeds United and hopefully we can cause an upset,” said U’s captain Legge.

“It (preparations) will be the same as normal as we do for the league we will watch a few videos and go through strengths and weaknesses of the team and hopefully put it into place when we play them on Monday.

“At the moment we’re on a good run and the home form is getting a lot better. I’m anticipating a very good game against Leeds United and looking forward to it.

“We’re on a very good run at the moment. We want to keep our league form going but this is a different sort of challenge now. We’re in the FA Cup against Leeds United, and we anticipate a very good game.

“This is the FA Cup, it throws up all sorts. Anything can happen and that’s why it’s probably one of the most prestigious cups in the world really.

“A win would be great, but we’re just hoping for a really good game to see what happens really.”

Leeds have only lost two of their last 10 games, and in Chris Wood they have one of the top scorers in the Championship, with the striker having netted13 goals.

And centre-back Legge is looking forward to the task of trying to keep the New Zealand international and his colleagues quiet.

“They have got a good manager in Garry Monk who seems to have steadied the ship,” said Legge. “They look a lot more threatening going forward with Chris Wood upfront and another couple of lads.

“We will be looking at that over the next few days and seeing where we can stop them coming forward and hopefully exploit a few weaknesses.

“Every player wants to come up against the best, and he has always been a goalscorer and it could be a good challenge between me and him, you never know.

“You always want to challenge yourself against some of the best.”


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