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McLaughlin praises Town for 'making great strides'

27 January 2017

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Wing back previews game with Southend

Conor McLaughlin says Fleetwood are ‘making great strides’ ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet League One fixture with Southend United.

Town are currently fourth in the table after a fantastic run of results which sees them unbeaten in 11 league games, the most recent coming in the form of a 2-0 win away at Bramall Lane against league leaders Sheffield United on Tuesday.

“From the position we are in at the moment it’s obviously been a successful season so far but we know there is a long way to go,” he said.

“We had a bit of a blip at the start of the season when we were trying to figure out where we wanted to go as a team and we’ve made great strides since then and long may it continue.”

“The way he [Uwe Rosler] allows the wing backs to get forward more has really benefitted me as a player as it has allowed me to get a few goals.

“The way we play benefits everyone as it allows more players to perform to the best of their ability.

“This first and foremost benefits the team as we have goals coming from everywhere at the moment which is a massive positive for the squad as a whole.”

This weekend sees the visit of seventh place Southend United managed by a familiar face for McLaughlin as he played under Phil Brown at Preston.

“His team is a high energy team as they were when we played them earlier in the season.

“They like to press and get players forward so we have to be focused and make sure that we don’t slip up.

“I have nothing but praise for Phil Brown as he gave me a lot of games when I was coming through.”

It was at Preston when Conor suffered a horrific injury.

“It was unfortunate at the time but I am always going to be grateful towards him (Phil Brown) for giving me a good run of games in the Championship.”

“Obviously we played them last season and it was a big game for us last season at the other end of the table.

“This year it is just as bigger game but at the end of the table that both teams want to be.

“We won earlier in the season at their place and it would be great if we could recreate that tomorrow.”

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