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McLaughlin: “We want to put right what happened at Norwich”

Defender reflects on last time out, international duty, and looks ahead to Den return

20 November 2018

Conor McLaughlin is eager to ‘put right’ the mistakes which cost Millwall in our last outing at Norwich City when Bolton Wanderers enter The Lions’ Den this Saturday.

The Northern Ireland defender earned a place in the starting line-up for what turned out to be a rollercoaster encounter at Carrow Road, and is working towards defensive improvement against Phil Parkinson’s team.

“I was delighted to be back in the team [at Norwich],” McLaughlin says.

“Unfortunately, the game didn’t go the way we wanted – we played well in stages but didn’t defend well with the late goals. We’re looking to put that right now with a massive match on Saturday against Bolton.

“There’s a mentality around the place where we want to put right what happened. Everyone was rightly gutted and angry after the match, and we now go into two games at The Den where we are very confident. The crowd getting behind us makes it a very difficult place for away teams to come, and we need two good results.”

McLaughlin reported back to Lions training this week after his call-up for Michael O’Neill’s Northern Irish side over the recent international break.

Whilst he was an unused substitute for the nation’s two matches, McLaughlin is content with how he has trained over the period.

“It was a good week away,” states the defender.

“Obviously I’m disappointed not to play, but it’s always good to get away with your country. I’m just glad to be back now and to get a good few days’ training in before the weekend.”

The 27-year-old has further assured supporters that there is plenty of capability amongst the team to improve defensively, touching on last year’s improved form as an example.

“I think with the improved general performance in our last match away from home, we were unfortunate not to win the game against a very good opponent.

“It’s a step in the right direction attacking-wise, but defensively we know we can be better and showed it last year – we were really strong at the back. We know what we’re capable of and hopefully we can now put it right.”

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