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"We'll learn our lessons and take them into Tuesday," says McLaughlin

Right-back examines Bolton draw and looks ahead to visit of Ipswich...

14 August 2017

Conor McLaughlin predicts that Millwall's home form will be "massive" as The Lions' Den campaign got underway last Saturday with a 1-1 draw against Bolton Wanderers.

George Saville's first goal for the club nudged the home side in front against The Trotters, but former Millwall man Filipe Morais' free-kick shortly after the hour-mark ensured a share of the spoils in the Sky Bet Championship encounter.

Neil Harris' men lost just four League matches on their own turf in their run to the League One Play-Off Final in 2016/17 and the right-back, after making his competitive Den debut, expressed how important the Den record will be as The Lions look for a comfortable first season back in the second tier.

"Our home form will be massive this year. I'm sure if you ask any player coming away from The Den whether they enjoyed it or not, they'll say no.

"We have to play on that and play the way they expect us to. We did mix it up at times against Bolton, which caused them problems. We had to play a little bit more football due to their size and physicality.

"We all thought we should've won the game. We had more chances than Bolton, albeit probably not as many as at Nottingham Forest, but we had the same sort of feeling after.

"We're disappointed, but we can take encouragement from the performances. If we keep playing like that, the results will come.

The Lions largely dominated the weekend's match, but found three points turned into one courtesy of Morais' superb free-kick.

McLaughlin claimed that whilst Millwall should have sealed the three points before the "sucker-punch" of an equaliser, the squad can take heart from the performances in their first two League games into Tuesday night's visit of Ipswich Town to The Den.

"We had a couple of attacks where we could've got a second - that would've been game over, because they didn't have many chances. The free-kick for the equaliser was a sucker-punch, but we kept going and tried to win the game.

"There's going to be disappointing moments like that throughout the season, but we just have to get through them.

"We know we've played well in the last two games. It's disappointing not to have the points to reflect that, but we have to take confidence from it and not get too down. We'll learn our lessons and take them into Tuesday, where hopefully we'll get the three points."

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