Bournemouth manager Scott Parker has revealed that Ethan Laird was left out of last night’s squad because he “needs a bit more work”.

The Manchester United loanee wasn’t part of the 18-man matchday squad that could only draw 1-1 at home against Peterborough United, who sit bottom of the Championship.

Despite fellow right-back Adam Smith serving the first of a three-game ban, Jack Stacey was preferred from the start.

Jaidon Anthony was then brought on to replace Stacey at full-back in the closing stages.

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After coming off the bench to replace Smith in the last two games, Laird may have been hoping to get the nod over Stacey for the starting berth, so it did come as a shock when the 20-year-old was completely left out.

Speaking to the Bournemouth Echo about his decision to leave out Laird, Parker said: “He just wasn’t in the squad. I just feel that he needs work.

“He needs a bit more work really to get to the levels of what we ask of our full-backs, to get to the level for him to perform at his optimum and us to all see the best Ethan Laird.

“So that was a decision I made, for him to do that.”

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The former Fulham manager has explained his decision to the United youngster and he is under no illusion that the injury setbacks that Laird has suffered hasn’t helped his acclimatisation to his new surroundings.

Parker added: “I’ve explained the situation to Ethan. He understands it as well. He gets it.

“He’s been out for a long time. He’s come into the football club and not kicked a ball or been in training for a long time, because obviously he came here injured and then picked up another injury.

“So we just need to take some air with him, take some oxygen. Want him to relax and I just want to do the best by him and get him in a place where he is going to be the player that we signed.”

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Parker still believes that Laird can have a successful stint at the Vitality Stadium during the remainder of the season, but that he may benefit from being taken “out the firing line”.

Parker concluded: “Yeah, definitely, a million per cent (Laird can be a success with the Cherries).

“He can have a massive impact. There’s still a lot of football to be played.

“He can have a massive impact by just taking him out the firing line a little bit, getting him on the training ground, getting a bit more work into him, get him to his optimum levels and then we’ll see the best Ethan.”

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