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McLaughlin focused on Town after international return

10 September 2015

Defender returned from Northern Ireland duty this week

Defender Conor McLaughlin is focused on Saturday's game against Bradford City after returning from international duty with Northern Ireland earlier this week.

The right back helped his country to beat Faroe Islands 3-1 last Friday night before featuring in Monday's draw against Hungary at Windsor Park.

Northern Ireland sit top of Group F and will face Greece and Finland next month as they aim to secure their place at next summer's finals.

He said: "We would have taken four points before the games were played especially with the Hungary result and the circumstances with the red card.

"We went 1-0 down to them but Kyle Lafferty's equaliser at the end was unbelievable.

"We're top of the group now and can't really complain, so hopefully we'll get it done sooner rather than later over the next two games.

"The game against the Faroe Islands was a potential banana skin as they'd just beaten Greece home and away so had some confidence.

"They're a different side to years ago when teams used to beat them by a lot of goals, but we did a professional job over them in the end.

"Monday night was probably the biggest game Northern Ireland have had in 30 years.

"We played well in the first half but didn't really get going in the second and ended up going a goal down.

"Going down to 10 men after that was difficult and it seemed like it wasn't going to go our way.

"But at the end Kyle popped up in the last minute and did what he's been doing for the whole campaign."

McLaughlin will serve a suspension for the visit of Greece next month, but has confidence in his teammate that they'll carry out the job.

"I'm gutted to be missing the game to be fair and didn't really think there was much in the booking.

"We've got experienced players to come in and replace the ones who will be missing.

"With Kyle and Chris Baird suspended too we'll be using the squad a lot more and I'm sure they'll go and do it for us."

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