Midfielder says Blues must respond in front of home fans on Saturday
Marc Laird said there was no excuse for Blues’ display against Rochdale as they slipped to a 4-2 defeat at Spotland.
Laird was starting his first game under new boss Phil Brown and while he was pleased to be back playing again, he was left disappointed as Blues were unable to overcome Keith Hill’s side.
The midfielder said: “We are disappointed because in the second-half we got taught a lesson.
“We did well to get the goal back when we did right at the start of the second-half and that should have been a platform for us to build from.
“But we conceded poor goals after that and that’s the worst bit about it because they were all poor goals to concede.
“It was great to be back playing again personally, it feels like a while since I last played.
“I tried to work hard and do my bit for the team but we’re all disappointed with the result tonight.”
Laird felt that Blues needed a bit of luck if they were to get a result, and believes Barry Corr’s effort that came back off the post was a turning point.
“Barry was a real handful all night but it just didn’t fall for him unfortunately,” Marc said.
“You need things like that to go for you, it’s no excuse for the performance, we have to do better as a team and individually.
“We have to pull together, try and get as high as possible in the table as we can.
“We don’t want the season to fizzle out so Saturday is an important game for us now.”