The club sides all struggled in their games with Laird’s Swansea perhaps the most unfortunate to not turn their 0-0 result into a win.
Having had a bright start to the season, Birmingham City and Chong suffered only their second defeat of the season against the high-flying Fulham at home.
Chong started on the right of a front three.
Despite having earned praise from manager Lee Bowyer last weekend for his attacking threat and work-rate, and coming away with a man-of-the-match award against Derby County, the 21 year-old Dutchman failed to make an impact against a dominant Fulham and was subbed in the 75th minute.
Garner’s Nottingham Forest also suffered defeat, losing 0-2 to Middlesborough. Forest and Garner have had a difficult start to the season with only one point from seven games, although the 20 year-old has had plenty of minutes in their midfield two under Chris Hughton.
Laird at Swansea had the most impressive performance of the three.
He started as a right wing-back in manager Russell Martin’s 3-4-2-1 formation and was given license to get forward regularly.
During the first half, he chested down from a loose goalkeeping clearance and made a darting run between two defenders before putting the ball on a plate for the forward.
It was only due to a poor finish that he didn’t get an assist.
He and Swansea pushed high for the lead but couldn’t make the break-through.
The game ended as a goalless draw.
Of the three, Garner is having the most difficult time, but Hughton’s Forest aren’t functioning well as a unit in general.
The most important thing is that all three are getting plenty of good experience in a strong league.