Northern Irish star speaks exclusively to the ftfc club website
Conor McLaughlin insists Fleetwood Town will ‘fight right to the end’ to achieve automatic promotion from League Two.
The Cod Army are five points short of third-placed Chesterfield following Saturday’s goalless draw against league leaders Rochdale at Highbury.
Graham Alexander’s side have six games left to reach the top three and McLaughlin feels that, with a bit of luck, Fleetwood can squeeze into the automatic spots.
“We’re going to fight right to the end to get automatic promotion,” said McLaughlin.
“If we get a bit of luck then we can get there. We know we’ve got the quality to do it.”
The full-back was part of the Town defence which kept its first clean sheet in five matches at the weekend.
And although McLaughlin was pleased with the shutout, he admitted the team were despondent having not taken all three points.
“The lads were disappointed in the changing room after because we put a lot of hard work into it,” he said.
“We had a few chances to go ahead in the first half but I suppose in the end it wasn’t to be.
“The lads up top have been scoring goals all season so I suppose in the end we were unlucky.
“In the second half, Rochdale proved why they’re top of the league, so it’s always going to be difficult against teams like that.
“However, we played well ourselves and were unlucky not to come away with three points.
“You can’t complain about a clean sheet against the team at the top of the league as well.
“As long as we keep clean sheets we know we’ve got a good chance of scoring at the other end.
“We just need to keep it tight at the back now for the remaining games.”
The Cod Army travel to seventh-placed Oxford United next, on Saturday 5 April.
And the 22-year-old believes they can repeat last season’s 2-1 win at the Kassam Stadium.
“Every game coming up is massive now,” said McLaughlin.
“Oxford away is going to be difficult, but we won their last season so we know we can do it again. Hopefully we can get the three points.”
Fleetwood Town's official betting partner Sky Bet has a host of odds on the game, with United at a hefty 11/2 to win the first leg.
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