SHEFFIELD UNITED: Scott Laird relishes United clash

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SCOTT Laird must wish he could face Sheffield United every week.

His strike record against the Blades this term reads two goals in two starts, including the winner at the Lamex Stadium last November.

Stevenage booked their two-legged play-off semi-final date with United by thumping Bury 3-0 on the final day of the League One season.

Gary Smith’s men host United on Friday before travelling to Sheffield next Monday evening for the second leg and Laird is looking forward to pitting his wits against the South Yorkshire club again.

“I don’t think anyone fancies coming here especially when we get it rocking in front of the TV cameras,” said Laird, one of seven players – along with Chris Day, Mark Roberts, Michael Bostwick, Jon Ashton, Joel Byrom and Chris Beardsley – who played on Saturday and featured in Boro’s 1-1 draw with Tamworth on the opening day of Stevenage’s title-winning 2009-10 Conference season.

“When the big games come along we seem to rise to the occasion so hopefully we can have a good first leg. We’ve played them in front of their full house, which they should be getting for the second leg, and we know what to expect.”