Laird praises side after Chelmsford win
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WESTON came from behind to record their first-ever win at Chelmsford City on Saturday.
The Seagulls recovered from being behind at the break, to win 2-1 and move up to fifth in the Skrill South table.
Manager Craig Laird told the Mercury it was a fantastic away performance, praising his side’s character.
He said: “It was a good first half and we were a bit disappointed to come in one down.
“But to be fair to the boys they went out and got their just rewards second half. I thought everyone played their part and it was a great team performance.”
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Both sides missed chances to take the lead in the opening half hour.
Kane Ingram fired wide and Ashley Kington’s shot was blocked for Weston, while David Rainford was just off target for the hosts.
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Weston were lucky to not fall behind when Tom Davis failed to make contact with Mark Hughes’ cross with the goal gaping.
But the Essex side were not to be denied a first-half lead. Seagulls’ goalkeeper Luke Purnell came off his line and was expertly lobbed by Sam Long, 10 minutes before the interval.
Weston drew level shortly after half-time with Naby Diallo netting his second goal in as many games.
On 55 minutes Tristan Plummer played Diallo in on the right and the skilful midfielder beat goalkeeper Tommy Forecast.
Forecast – who moved to Southampton as part of a deal which saw Gareth Bale move to Tottenham five years ago – frustrated Weston’s attempts to take the lead, saving well from Plummer and Diallo.
But Weston were not to be denied a second away win of the season as they were handed a penalty with 10 minutes left to play.
Dayle Grubb was tripped inside the area by Mark Haines and Plummer got the goal he deserved from the spot.
Further penalty shouts were turned down and chances went begging as Weston tried to seal the game. And they were nearly punished in the final moments when Long beat Purnell but saw his strike come agonizingly off the crossbar.
Two wins on the bounce has left Laird in buoyant mood ahead of Boreham Wood’s visit on Saturday.
He said: “It’s a lovely headache as everyone’s fit. We have lost Callum Laird after cutting his finger at work, but everyone else is fit and raring to go.”
Laird said players and staff have agreed not to change a winning side unless injuries and suspensions dictate.
Despite the club doing ‘handsomely well’ so far, Laird knows three points cannot be taken for granted on Saturday.
He said: “Boreham will be difficult opponents. We lost 4-2 last year to them and they are a no-nonsense side.
“People say we are fifth in the league but principles don’t change from when we were bottom last year. We still need to work hard. We won’t get carried away just by being near the top. We will look where we are after 10 games and try to push on from there.”
Laird has also moved to squash midweek speculation that goalkeeper Lloyd Irish could be on the move.
Irish has not featured since the opening day of the season and rumours suggested he may be sent out on loan.
But Laird said he remains a key part of the squad and there are no imminent plans to loan him out.