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McLaughlin: "We know we can be a match for every team in this League"

Defender discusses Sheffield United, Brentford and returning to the starting XI

17 April 2019

Conor McLaughlin has reflected on earning a solid late point at Sheffield United, and claims it proves Millwall on their day can go toe-to-toe with any opponent in the Sky Bet Championship.

The Northern Ireland international returned to Neil Harris’ starting XI in a back five, and says the draw could go a long way to securing League survival.

“I thought it was a really good point in the end,” McLaughlin told millwallfc.co.uk.

“We kept going for the equaliser after having the chance with the penalty before the goal as well, and it’s a result we’d have taken before the game.

“Sheffield United have been in great form recently, so every point counts and means a lot at this stage.”

McLaughlin is anticipating Friday’s contest with Brentford as an opportunity to regain maximum points, and touches on the confident spirit amongst the squad.

“Even throughout the season when we haven’t been winning games, confidence has always been high – because when we’re on our game, we know we can be a match for every team in this League.

“The point we gained at Sheffield United is a big thing, and now we head into the Easter period with two really important games.

“Every match at this point in the campaign is massive, and we’ll be going into the Brentford game on Friday to look to gain maximum points.”

The full-back slotted into a three-man centre-half combination for The Lions last weekend, alongside Alex Pearce and goalscorer Jake Cooper – a role he says he was comfortable and familiar in.

“I enjoyed the role, playing at the back with Pearcey and Coops, who are players that can make it easier for you.

“It’s a position I’ve played in before and have experience in which helps, and I was able to enjoy it.”

With a healthy attendance expected at The Den for the Good Friday fixture, McLaughlin has emphasised how important it is to bring as many Millwall fans through the gate as possible to give their crucial backing to the side.

“The atmosphere has helped us massively in the past.

“When you’ve got a full Den, it can make it a very difficult and hostile environment for opponents, and we’ve picked up a lot of points at home in the past couple of years.

“It’s the same again – if we can get a good crowd packed into The Den, it will make it a lot harder for away teams.”

The Northern Irishman finally speaks of his own 2018/19 season – one which he is aiming to close on a high following various injury difficulties, including a long-term quad problem.

“Of course, times this season have been frustrating when you want to play as much as you can,” McLaughlin admits.

“I’ve had some injury problems since Christmas and it’s been challenging to come back from those, but I’m just happy now to be back fit and involved.

“Everything’s geared now towards staying up and making sure we get enough points.”


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