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Marc Laird nearly misses Southend United debut
MARC Laird feared he would have to delay making his Southend United debut after being involved in a minor car crash on his way to Saturday’s dire 0-0 draw with York City.
Laird, who has joined Blues on loan from Leyton Orient until January, was travelling to the game with his former Millwall team-mate David Martin when they were involved in an accident in Dartford.
And the midfielder was initially concerned about missing kick-off at Roots Hall.
“Dave was driving and we had stopped when a car came straight into the back of us and I didn’t think we were going to get the game in time,” said Laird, 26.
“I was thinking it was just my luck that after finally making a loan move and having the chance of playing I was going to miss the match.
“But thankfully we still made it and, most importantly, both parties involved in the accident were OK.
“There was a bit of damage to the back of Dave’s car and I might find another way to get to the games now!”
Despite the pre-match drama, Laird was still able to impress in the centre of the park.
And he is now relishing the prospect of more regular first team football having only played twice for Orient so far this season.
“Game time is important for me and I want to help Southend do well and pick up points to get up the table,” said Laird.
“I need to work on my match sharpness but I’m pleased to be here and I’m looking forward to the matches we have coming up.”
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