Scott Laird Calls For a Repeat Performance Scott Laird Calls For a Repeat Performance

Scott Laird Calls For a Repeat Performance

On-loan Forest Green Rovers defender Scott Laird has spoken following last weekend's welcome win over Peterborough United, and insisted that the Saddlers must continue to play without fear if they are to give themselves any chance of securing safety on the final day of the season.
The Saddlers head into their season-ending clash with near-rivals Shrewsbury Town on the back of a comfortable win over the Posh, a win which saw them move up to 22nd in the table, edging just one point off safety, and hoping to secure a second win on the bounce - along a couple of favourable results elsewhere.

Last weekend's result and overall team performance were in stark contrast to the Sadders' previous outings - a run of seven defeats in eight league outings. But Laird says playing without fear was the key to their unexpected turnaround. And he has now challenged his team-mates to go again, and give themselves the best chance of securing survival.

Speaking via the Express & Star, Scott, who is pictured during his first loan spell with the club, said; "Win and I believe we will have a great chance of staying up. We just have to play with the right attitude which is taking the shackles off and having a go.

"We have got to replicate the Peterborough performance now. I know we can. It’s about releasing ourselves and having a go. That is what we said in the changing room before the Peterborough game – let’s just go and play how we want to play.

"We did and it led to us beating a very good Peterborough side. In some ways, you are asking why didn’t we play like that 10/15 games ago because it is there. That is what we are capable of, we showed what we can really do. It’s just a shame it’s taken until now.

"But the good things is it hasn’t come when we are down, we are still in with a chance. We just have to do it again."

Laird, who has featured six times for the Saddlers since joining the club on loan for a second time in January, admitted it was a special feeling for him to start and get an assist last weekend, as he still feels a close connection with the club.

Scott added; "The win really meant a lot to me. I think I can help Walsall, I felt I did on Saturday, I just wish I could have done it more since I’ve been back here. To win 3-0 and with that performance meant was a special moment for me.

"I didn’t really want to walk off at the end. Now we’ve got one more game and if I’m picked I will do everything I can."
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