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Laird: we need to build on Andy Cook's superb form

28 January 2019

Saddlers defender Scott Laird is confident the team can build on the good form that Andy Cook is displaying in front of goal.

The 28-year-old striker has found the back of the net seven times in his last six appearances, including a match-winning hat-trick against Gillingham,

Laird believes with him in the team, there will always be a chance to pick up points.

But for the team to be able to build on the performances of Cook, the 30-year-old full-back knows the defence have to step up and start making the right decisions at the right times during games.

“It’s clear to see that if you look at the stats from games that we are limiting teams to very few chances,” said Laird, who is on loan until the end of the season from Forest Green Rovers.

“It’s annoying for us as a team that we aren’t keeping more clean sheets than we are at the moment. It’s just individual errors that need to be cut out.

“It’s about making the right decisions at the right times in those important areas of the pitch.

“If we can make the right decisions at the right time in the right areas of the pitch then we will continue to limit the opposition to having very few chances in games.

“It seems to be the story of the season so far that we are making the wrong decisions at the wrong times.

“With somebody like Andy Cook up front scoring goals, like he is at the moment, you always know =you are going to be in the game, which is great as a defender.

“You know as a defender that if you can keep a clean sheet, the team are going to create opportunities and, with somebody like Cooky up front, and the players he has around him, you’re confident they will finish one of those chances.

“Every time he gets a chance, it’s exciting for us because of the form he is in at the moment.”

On a personal note, Laird is loving being back at the club, admitting feeling wanted is a massive boost for him.

“It has been great to be back involved with the club who I had a fantastic season with 18 months or so ago,” Laird continued.

“It was a club I didn’t really want to leave in the first place so when I was given the opportunity to come back, I couldn’t say no and I have loved every minute of it so far.

“Being in and around everything has been great and to feel wanted and to feel like I am a part of something has been great. It’s really boosted me personally.”


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