Laird: “We have to go there believing we can win”

Laird: “We have to go there believing we can win”

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Scunthorpe United defender Scott Laird has said that his team believes the Iron can knock Chelsea out of the FA Cup.

The League 1 side overcame League 2 opponents Leyton Orient 3-0 in their second-round replay at Glanford Park on Tuesday night, setting up the third-round tie against Chelsea on January 10th at Stamford Bridge.

“It is a great opportunity and we have got to go there believing we can win. The FA Cup is made for upsets,” Laird told BBC Radio Humberside.

“I was part of a Stevenage team that beat Newcastle and took Tottenham to a replay,” he added. “It’s doable, they’re only human.”

Chelsea have sacked manager Jose Mourinho since Laird made his comments on Tuesday, but the 27-year old believes that his side, who sit 14th in the third tier, can rise to the challenge.

“I’m sure they’ll be looking to win the FA Cup because it looks like their only hope [of a trophy] at the moment.

“It’s a great chance for us to go there and play with the shackles off because nobody is going to expect us to win but you saw what Bradford did there last year.”

“We’ve got a great squad of players and I think second half we really showed how well we can play football,” Laird added.

“We’ve got to start producing on the pitch now and everyone should be at it 100% to stake their claim for a shirt for the Chelsea game.”

Chelsea have lost four games at home this season, and were knocked out of the third round last year by League 2 Bradford last year, losing 2-4 at Stamford Bridge.