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Chris Baird says he’ll be doing all he can to hold onto his place in the Fulham side even when John Pantsil is back from injury.

The Northern Ireland international, impressive during a spell in central midfield, has banished all previous memories of a nightmare start at Craven Cottage at right back by excelling in the position after Pantsil damaged knee ligaments in the defeat at Chelsea over Christmas.

The shirt’s mine to lose. It will be interesting to see what happens when John’s back.

The more good things that go right for me and the team, then it’s up to the manager if he wants to change it. I feel like I’ve taken my chance, in midfield as well as right-back. The manager needed cover here and knows I can play anywhere.

I’m playing well, and am confident, which I wasn’t under Sanchez. That put me down a bit, and that’s why I wasn’t playing as well. I’m just delighted to be getting the opportunity, and taking it.