Nov 1, 2013 at 7.45pm UK at ​Roots Hall
SouthendSouthend United
3-0
MansfieldMansfield Town
Straker (25'), Marriott (42' og.), Hurst (90')
Clifford (40')
FT(HT: 2-0)

McCombe (50'), Beevers (52'), McGuire (75')
McGuire (0'), Alabi (31'), Beevers (90')

Southend United's Marc Laird pleased with return

Marc Laird of Southend United in action during the Sky Bet League Two match between Southend United and Northampton Town at Roots Hall on August 17, 2013
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Southend United midfielder Marc Laird says that he was pleased to return from a long-term injury against Mansfield Town last week.

Southend United midfielder Marc Laird has revealed his delight after returning to first-team action in last week's 3-0 win over Mansfield Town.

The 27-year-old had been on the sidelines for 10 weeks with knee and foot injuries, but returned to action in the League Two clash at Roots Hall.

Laird told the club's official website: "It was brilliant to be back after 10 or 11 weeks out with the injuries. I missed playing so much so it was great to be back out on the pitch and even better with the team winning the game.

"The initial scan on the knee said six to eight weeks but there was also an issue with my foot, but now that's all sorted I can really push on and work hard.

"It was nice to get 10 minutes against Mansfield. The lads played really well and it was nice to be able to come in for 10 minutes to get back into the action."

Laird joined Southend from Leyton Orient in January.

Marc Laird of Southend United in action during the Sky Bet League Two match between Southend United and Northampton Town at Roots Hall on August 17, 2013
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