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Scott Laird: “We Owed It To The Fans”

5 February 2015

Speaking exclusively to The One And Only ahead of Saturday’s visit of Coventry City to Deepdale full back-cum-winger Scott Laird felt the cup win was the fillip the whole Club needed.

The North End No.3 spoke to the official matchday programme he admitted that the recent weeks have not been PNE anywhere near their best, but feels the FA Cup progress will provide an important boost to the squad.

“That was just what the doctor ordered,” stated Laird, in an exclusive interview. “We know, the fans don’t need to tell us, we know as players and as a squad that it hasn’t been good enough.

“We knew that we owed it not just to ourselves but to the fans, and even in the first half when we went one goal behind we were on top.

“It was a very professional display and a win which we thoroughly deserved.

“In the first half, especially in the first 30 minutes, without being too threatening to them we were on top.

“We had a few chances and they didn’t look like scoring, but we lost our heads for the last ten or 15 minutes of the half and we need to learn from that as we could have let the tie get away from us after working so hard.

“But I think in the second half we showed what great character we have in this squad.

“With the difficult month that we have had previously, we could have easily crumbled and lost a second goal but we rose to the challenge.

“As I said previously, we haven’t been good enough. We have let too many results get away from us.

“But on Tuesday night we showed what we can do when we put our minds to it and work hard as a team, not as individuals but as a whole team, and when you want the result that bad it shows.”

For much more from Laird, plus a special father and sons issue with interviews with Glenn Johnstone, Scot Gemmill and Alan Kelly, as well as features with Bailey Wright, Kit Napier, Paul Gallagher, Paul McKenna and Josh Brownhill make sure you pick up your copy of the 100-page programme.

All this and so much more, still for the fantastic value price of just £3. They will be on sale from Christmas Eve afternoon from the Club shop, online and in person from our sellers inside and outside of Deepdale on matchday.

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