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LAIRD HOPES GOOD WEEK OF TRAINING REAPS REWARDS

18 September 2015

Defender Scott Laird is looking for more of the same from last week as United travel to Rochdale this weekend.

The Iron will arrive at Spotland looking to claim their first away victory of the season, having already come close in their last outing against Colchester.

With victory over then second-placed Coventry City just a week ago, the former Preston player is looking forward to taking that momentum on their travels.

“We had a good week training prior to the Coventry game last week,” he said, speaking to The Iron PlayerHD.

“It was at a high intensity, with the lads eager to get the win against Coventry. This week has been the same – probably even harder – because we know we are going to need to be at the top of our game to go and pick up some points away from home.

“Every game we’ve played so far, barring Wigan, we’ve been on top in terms of chances created and things like that. Things all came together last Saturday and we need to put that into a consistent basis like we know we can.

“We’ve also got four clean sheets already; which is really good. It’s good to keep clean sheets and if you want to win promotion you’ve got to keep clean sheets. With the chances that we are creating as a team it’s only a matter of time before we are really ruthless and put a lot of those chances away.”

Rochdale are another side, like Coventry, who have had a decent start to their 2015/16 campaign. They currently sit in sixth position in the table, with victory for the Iron taking us level on points with the Lancashire-based outfit.

“They’re a good side," he stated.

“I’ve played against them on numerous occasions during my career and the manager Keith Hill likes to play football – a bit like Coventry. But we can play football as well and we can get stuck in and follow from Bish’s (Neal Bishop) examples and then playing football off the back of that. When we do that, we look like a good unit.

“We’ve got to go to Spotland and implement our game. At this stage of the season, it is a tight league and a couple of wins can propel you up the table. We’re getting there now and gelling as a team.

“When you can limit the opposition to no shots on target, like last weekend, it is really pleasing. The whole team was working hard to stop the ball from getting near the defence and the goal and we were hard to break down. We’ve then got pace in our team with Paddy (Madden) and Hops (Tom Hopper) along with Haks (Hakeeb Adelakun), Sheffs (Gary McSheffrey) and Kev (van Veen) who can open the game up – and with those, we’ve always got a chance.”

See much more from Scott Laird, Mark Robins and Luke Daniels on The Iron PlayerHD.

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