PNE.Com speak to defender Scott Laird following Saturday's opener against Colchester United...
“It is always nice to have a Tuesday game, especially this team because we like to play football and that is what we live for and that is what we want to do.
“Their goalkeeper played very well, he made some good saves, one from myself and also from Jeff [Monakana], but sometimes goalkeepers are going to have blinders and unfortunately today he did.
“They can roar us on because once again they were brilliant today, when we got a few corners on the spin and attacking Colchester, the noise was deafening and we have to keep that going.
“All the boys were disappointed not to get the right result for the fans because they came out in force today and we want them to come out every time we play.
“Colchester are a very good side, they were last season and I expect them to be this season as well, they will definitely be in and around it but we should have won this afternoon.
He concluded: “Sometimes games are different, Monday’s game was completely different from today’s so we had to change the way we played. Colchester were happy to come away with a point in the end.
For the second time in a week, the Preston North End faithful turned out in force to cheer Graham Westley’s men on, an effort which Man of the Match Laird greatly appreciates.
“From the team you are going to get a lot of heart, all the boys are willing to put their bodies on the line and willing to run for 90 minutes.”
“It is going to take us a while but we have shown already as a team that we can keep a clean sheet and we should have got the win.
“We are still learning, we have only been together as a group for six weeks now and we are going to learn a lot more in the next six weeks.
“After the first 20 minutes of the first half we settled into our game and in the second half we had more fluency but we could have easily had two penalties but it will even itself out over the season.
“We didn’t use the ball properly, we should have shown a bit more composure and taken more responsibility for our play.
“We showed some of the same qualities that we did on last Monday but it wasn’t the same performance,” said the 24-year-old.
Taking nothing away from North End’s opposition, Laird believes the squad is learning all the time and can take a lot of confidence into Tuesday’s night trip to Shrewsbury Town.
North End tested Colchester United goalkeeper Mark Cousins right from the first whistle, but couldn’t find a way past the U’s no.1.
Defender Scott Laird believes North End were unfortunate not to walk away with an opening day win following the 0-0 draw against Colchester United on Saturday.