Brighton’s Marc Leonard impresses with Northampton

Albion midfielder Marc Leonard is pushing for a first start in the Second Division as he returns to Sussex.

The 20-year-old, on loan, impressed as a substitute for Northampton as they beat Hartlepool 2-1 on Saturday.

The Cobblers visit the winless Crawley tomorrow.

Leonard, who got on his feet for just seven minutes in the first two games of the season, went on this time with the 1-1 score at halftime.

Northampton manager Jon Brady tried to fine-tune his approach in the heat and opt for a more patient style and it seems Leonard’s footballing training with the Seagulls Under-23s has served him well.

Brady said: “Marc made the difference for us in the second half.

“I thought he gave us some composure on the ball and he made really good decisions.

“He played forward and he ran forward and he broke lines.”

James Heneghan of the Northampton Chronicle reported: “Leonard made an immediate difference, constantly demanding and wanting the ball and trying to pass forward and put Cobblers on the front foot.

“He was involved in several dangerous attacks as Town fought for victory in the sweltering heat.”

Leonard is on loan at Northampton for the season. Brighton’s Marc Leonard impresses with Northampton

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