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Laird: I enjoyed more advanced role

10 December 2013

Midfielder delighted with goal and win at Chesterfield as he feels he is almost back to full fitness

Marc Laird was delighted to get his first goal in over a year to help Southend United to victory against Chesterfield in the FA Cup.

The midfielder admits he’s had a tough time in recent months after missing a large chunk of the season through injury.

But he has reclaimed his place in the side and got his first goal this campaign to draw Blues level at the Proact Stadium.

He said: “It has been tough over the last few months because it’s not nice being out of the side and injured.

“It was always going to take me a while to get my match sharpness back after being out for so long.

“But I think I felt close to my best against Chesterfield, especially in the first half.

“We had to work really hard for the 90 minutes and it was taking its toll but we won the game and we’re in round three.

“It was also nice to get a goal after such a long time without one, it’s something I’ve been wanting to add to my game.

“We did really well to get ourselves in front and then we had to work hard in the second-half to stop them getting back in the game.”

Now getting back to full fitness, the midfielder hopes to keep his position in the side having taken his chance.

He also enjoyed his slightly more advanced role on Saturday, with Michael Timlin the man to sit in front of the back four.

He added: “It was great on Saturday to be able to get forward a bit more, it was slightly different for me but I enjoyed it.

“Tims was the one sitting in front of the back four so Conor (Clifford) and I could get forward a bit more.

“We’ve seen this season how everyone has to take their chance when they get in the team.

“Hopefully the manager thinks I’ve done that and I can hold down the position now for the busy December period.”

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