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Chris Baird copes with tough times

last updated Thursday 20th January 2011, 9:15 PM
Fulham defender Chris Baird
Fulham defender
Chris Baird
Chris Baird
Fulham defender Chris Baird has no time for Premier League prima donnas who slap in a transfer request the minute they are out of the team.

And the Fulham defender reckons he has proved a point by sticking with the club - despite disappointment both off and on the pitch.

The international's family home in Northern Ireland was petrol-bombed in September.

At the same time, the 28-year-old was also having an uncertain period on the pitch, as he was shuffled around the team, appearing at right back, in midfield, and very occasionally his preferred option in central defence.

But even that was better than the long spell in the semi-wilderness, when he was given only 23 starts in two seasons after joining in a £3million transfer from Southampton in July 2007.

But the reward for keeping cool is a run of games at left back - of all places - to go with an extended contract until July 2013 and a contender for goal of the month on Match of the Day.

That fabulous right-foot missile at Stoke City on December 28 - the first of a double in a 2-0 win - is something Baird would dearly love to repeat when the two face each other in the return match at Craven Cottage on Saturday.

But Baird admitted it has not all been plain sailing.

He said: "It was a tough time when I wasn't getting games. But I never wanted to leave. Sure, you read of players who want a transfer if they're not in the team.

"But that's just an easy option - and a lot of them have done it before. I've no time for that.

"The business with my mother's house was dealt with by me. I just told her to say nothing - and I just got on with it back here, and it went away pretty quickly - although that wasn't the first time it had happened."

Source Paul Warburton at Fulham Chronicle
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