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McLaughlin: Late point could prove vital

10 April 2016

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Right back netted an equaliser in the 90th minute

Conor McLaughlin said his equalising goal in the 90th minute at Roots Hall could prove to be a valuable point come the end of the season.

The Northern Ireland right back met Amari’i Bell’s cross at the back post to head powerfully past Dan Bentley for a share of the spoils.

After Bobby Grant had put his side ahead, Steven Pressley’s men looked comfortable before conceding two sloppy goals to the Shrimpers.

McLaughlin said: “That goal in the end could be massive for us in the grand scheme of things but the lads aren’t happy in there because we’ve let a lead slip in the first place.

“We’ve been done by two poor goals so we’re ultimately disappointed with that, but the point could be a big one come the end of the season.

“We haven’t really conceded many goals from set-pieces over the last few months, but we conceded from two here and it’s really disappointing.

“The gaffer wasn’t happy with that side of things, but he praised us all afterwards for keeping going and that’s what we have to do now.

“Bobby’s goal was superb and we all know he’s got the quality to do that. He’s put it right in the top corner and it was a brilliant goal from him.

“We were comfortable in the second half then and looked strong but like I say to concede in the ways we did was poor from us.

“For my goal Amari’i has put in an absolutely unbelievable cross and I’ve just managed to get myself in at the back post and connected cleanly with it luckily.”

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