Battle weary Scott Laird revealed to PNE.Com that he lost two fillings and suffered a cut eye for the cause in Tuesday’s victory over Port Vale.
Laird, who impersonated England legend Terry Butcher with his bandaged head at Vale Park, suffered the injury late on in the second half following an aerial challenge, but fortunately for Preston, his situation is not as life-threatening as it looked.
“The ball just popped up in the air and I had a standing jump, there guy had a running jump, and I just knew that I was going to get clattered,” said the full back in an exclusive interview with PNE.Com
“I just tried to protect myself as much as I could do, but when a person has got a run and jump on you; you know you are not going to be favourite for the ball.
“I did well to win the free kick, but I took a cut on the head and two fillings for the cause!
“We got three points though so that is all that matters, my fillings will be fine.
“I got a bandage around my head, I looked hard, I looked like Terry Butcher, but it was only a little cut, it just wouldn’t stop bleeding so we had to bandage it up.
“The fourth official kept trying to get me to change my shirt all the time, it was only a little cut, but it knocked out two fillings along the way so I haven’t been able to eat the last couple of days.
“It will be sorted before the weekend though.”
Growing up in the south west of England, Bristol City is a Club the PNE No.3 knows well, with several members of his family and friends being lifelong Robins.
And several of them will be making the long journey north this Saturday, not that Laird will be liaising with them beforehand on this, his first ever professional appearance against City.
He continued: “I am looking forward to Saturday, I was born and bred down there and I only live about 20 miles from Bristol.
“A lot of my friends and a few of my family are Bristol City fans and it was one of the clubs when you were growing up that you wanted to be at.
“I have got a couple of friend coming up for the game who will be in the Bristol City end, but I won’t speak to them until after the game!
“A couple of members of my family are also going to come up and watch the game so it will be nice to play against Bristol City.
“This would be the first time in my career that I would be playing against Bristol City if I am picked for the game.”
As the North End juggernaut continues to roll on away from Deepdale, three points at home have become hard to come by, but the Scot is confident that with performances like the one against Colchester United on Saturday past, improvements in the points tally is right around the corner.
Laird added: “We need to start getting three points at home; either that or we are going to ask the league if we can play every game away from home!
“Being at home, I think you seen on Saturday against Colchester, we produced one of our best performances of the season, but we just couldn’t turn our chances into goals.
“It was nice to see that we produced some great football, some great attacking play.
“I think we had about 25 shots, so hopefully we can start turning that form into wins to accompany our away form.
“I’m not sure of the reason why we are not winning at home, I think it is credit to ourselves that teams are coming to Deepdale and blocking our way to goal.
“They are putting their bodies on the line, kind of like we do away from home ourselves, and they are making it very, very hard for us to put the ball in the back of the net.
“It just seems our luck at the moment is that they have one shot on goal and score, we have got to limit them to no shots on goal!
“If we keep carrying on the way we are doing, I’m sure the home form will start coming.”