Neil Harris praised midfielder Ryan Leonard's performance against Ipswich but warned people from comparing him to former Lion George Saville.

Leonard scored his first goal for the club after Ipswich goalkeeper, Bartosz Bialkowski flapped away a Shane Ferguson free-kick into the path of the former Southend United man leaving him to chip the ball from 22-yards into the back of the net.

The central midfielder was bought in on transfer deadline day from Sheffield United for a record breaking fee to replace Saville who was sold to Middlesbrough for £8 Million.

“I am really pleased for him. Ryan [Leonard] is not George Saville and he will never be George Saville, ever, in his career he has different attributes.

“But the way we play, our centre midfield players will get chances. They get license to run forward, roam and get shooting opportunities and other opportunities from crosses.

“He was very close in the first half, with a chest and volley. It would have been up there for goals of the season if it went in. It was good composure for the goal and it will give him a load of confidence.

“He has got one, Shaun [Williams] has four and Ryan Tunnicliffe has one. It is important that people are chipping in with goals.

Leonard’s teammate, Jed Wallace was not in the squad that won 3-0 at The Den.

Harris explained: “Jed [Wallace] has strained his calf and we don’t know the severity of it yet. Will he be back next week? I have no idea at the moment.

“He did it Tuesday night [against Wigan]. He tried train yesterday and wasn’t ready. We are having to go 48 hours at a time with him.