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31 December 2015

United defender Scott Laird hopes that the side can continue their good form as they head into the New Year.

The Iron take on Wigan on Saturday and head into the game having taken four points out of six over the festive period.

Laird was pleased with the performances over Christmas and hoped they could build on them, starting with the visit of the Latics.

He told The Iron PlayerHD: “To be unbeaten is good and we had one clean sheet in that. We probably haven’t scored enough goals, but it is a platform going into the Wigan game and Chelsea game.

“If we can remain unbeaten it will be good, and that is something we have not really done other than that spell in October. It is all about building momentum.”

Wigan were amongst the pre-season favourites to bounce straight up to the Championship, and the Iron lost 3-0 on their trip there this campaign.

Laird felt that United were not up to their usual standard that night and hoped that the side could show what they were about this time around.

He said: “They are in League One for a reason. They have a bit of money and good players, but anyone can beat anyone in this league.

“We were nowhere near good enough at their place this season and we want to put that right. We really didn’t give a good account of ourselves and we really didn’t turn up.

“I think we’ve always been a very good side, but we have been erratic at times and not put in consistent performances. It is disappointing because we know we are capable of being up there at the top.”

The Iron have been boosted in recent weeks by the return of club captain Stephen Dawson, who has been missing for most of the season.

Full-back Laird was delighted to be able to welcome Dawson back though and believes that fans will soon see what he is all about.

Laird said: “Daws is brilliant to have around the dressing room and on the pitch. I don’t think fans realise how good he is as they’ve not seen the best of him yet.

“He was struggling through injury and trying to play through it. He has taken time out and now he’s back, you can see the winning mentality he brings.

“He’s out there screaming at everyone and he really has lifted everyone, and we played two good games over Christmas with him in the team.”

See much more from Scott Laird and Ned Kelly on The Iron PlayerHD.

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