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Blues in good spirits Laird confirms

26 November 2012

Midfielder Marc Laird praised the spirit of his Southend United teammates following Saturday’s 3-1 win against Rochdale.

Laird, currently on loan from Leyton Orient, scored the third goal as Southend moved fourth in the League Two table.

That came after Blues had gone a goal behind and Laird was quick to highlight the character of the side following the final whistle.

“It was really tough,” he told the official website. “Rochdale are a really good team who I believe will be up there at the end of the season.

“To go 1-0 down was disappointing but we showed a lot of character and spirit and when we got the equaliser I knew there would be only one winner.

“That was important as we haven’t been chasing a game in a while now.”

The Scot was joined on the scoresheet by strikers Britt Assombalonga and Gavin Tomlin.

Between them the duo took their tally to eight goals in five matches, whilst Assombalonga also provided an assist for Laird’s dink over Dale keeper Josh Lillis in the 77th minute.

“They are both on fire at the moment,” he admitted. “Everything they are doing is going in and long may that continue.

“Britt slipped me in also and the goalie spread himself so I could really only do one thing and luckily it went in the back of the net.”

Laird, who is the only one of Southend’s loanees available for Saturday’s FA Cup clash with Bury, has another month to run on his current loan deal from the O’s.

And the 26-year-old hasn’t ruled out staying longer.

“I am loving it here at the moment,” he said. “Things have gone really well for me and all the lads have been fantastic as well.

“I’m not sure what will happen but I wouldn’t rule out staying beyond next month.”

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