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Chris Baird a revelation says Roy Hodgson

last updated Thursday 21st January 2010, 4:00 PM
Chris Baird
Chris Baird
Chris Baird
FULHAM fans are finally seeing the best of Chris Baird because he's being played in his proper position, according to Roy Hodgson.

The Northern Irishman was a flop at right-back under ex-boss Lawrie Sanchez, and the Whites were willing to let him leave Craven Cottage for a cut-price deal.

However, Baird's found a new lease of life under Hodgson, and has cemented a place in the heart of Fulham's engine room with a string of impressive displays, keeping out internationals stars like Dickson Etuhu and Kagisho Dikgacoi.

And the Cottage chief reckons he's becoming a hit with the Fulham faithful because he's being played in his best position.

He said: "I think he was harshly and perhaps unfairly judged before, playing at a time when things weren't going well for the club, playing in a position [right-back] which is arguably his least favourite.

"He can play at right full-back but his more favoured positions would be centre-back or in central midfield. Unfortunately when the team was being tarred with a somewhat negative brush, a lot of the tar stuck on him.

"Since I've worked with him he's always impressed me with his ability and the things he can do. It's just great that, due to an injury, he got his chance and he's grabbed it with both hands.

"At the moment, since he's come into a midfield role he's done extremely well alongside Jonathan Greening and Danny Murphy.

"Now he's making it harder for Dickson Etuhu and Kagisho Dikgacoi to break into the team."

Source Jacob Murtagh at London Informer
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