Marc Laird out to extend unbeaten start to Southend United career

Echo: Marc Laird hopes to be celebrating again tomorrow Marc Laird hopes to be celebrating again tomorrow

MARC Laird is out to continue his impressive start at Southend United with victory over Port Vale tomorrow.

Laird has gone three games without defeat since signing for Blues on loan from Leyton Orient.

And he is keen to keep the run going with another positive result against the Valiants at Roots Hall this weekend.

“Things have gone really well for me so far at Southend and hopefully that can continue on Saturday,” said Laird, 26.

“I haven’t lost since coming in and touch wood that continue against Port Vale.

“They’re a very good side and they’re having a good season but we’re on the up against now and want to keep that going.”

Blues’ 3-2 win at Bristol Rovers on Tuesday night pushed them up to 12th in the League Two table, three points below the play-offs places.

Laird, who again impressed in the centre of the park against the Pirates, insisted the triumph had boosted the team’s confidence.

And he is now relishing facing Vale, who he spent two months on loan with during the 2007/08 season.

“I had a really enjoyable time with Port Vale and remain thankful for the chance they gave me,” said Laird.

“I could have joined them but I eventually opted to join Millwall but they’re a good club and it should be a good game tomorrow.”

Laird should again line up in a new look midfield which also includes fellow loanee Tamika Mkandawire, who will be making his home debut again signing from Millwall.

And Laird is relishing his role in the centre of the park.

“I’m enjoying how we’re lining up at the moment and it worked well at Bristol Rovers,” said Laird.

“Hopefully it will be the same tomorrow and we can move even closer to the play-offs.”

Blues have no new injury concerns for this weekend’s game and have defender Luke Prosser back from suspension.

He missed Tuesday night’s win at the Memorial Stadium with a one match ban after accumulating five yellow cards.

He is now available to face his former side but may have to settle for a place on the subsitutes bench. Prosser’s return leaves Neil Harris (knee) as Southend’s only absentee.

Southend United (from): Smith, Clohessy, Cresswell, Phillips, Barker, Mkandawire, Timlin, Laird, Hurst, Assombalonga, Tomlin, Corr, Eastwood, Leonard, Bentley, Woodyard, Prosser & Martin

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