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McLoughlin hoping to cause problems for PNE

24 August 2021

Midfielder Shane McLoughlin is hoping the Shrimps can cause another upset in Round Two of the Carabao Cup.

After beating fellow Lancashire side Blackburn Rovers in the last round earlier this month, the reds were rewarded with a home tie against the Lilywhites.

Morecambe have only reached Round Three of the League Cup twice before, the first time in 2007/08, losing by five goals to nil away to Sheffield United, and last season where Newcastle United put seven past Derek Adams’ side at the Mazuma Stadium.

Despite a strong start to the Carabao Cup campaign, McLoughlin says that the team refuse to get carried away irrespective of the occasion.

“I think no matter who we would’ve played, we’d have been right up for it anyway,” McLoughlin said.

“[Beating Blackburn] Probably gives us a bit of belief, but it’s just another game isn’t it, it’s 11 v 11 so we’ll go out there and try to win.

“It’s a game of football, we’ve got some good players here as well, and I think if we get our style on the game, we can cause problems.

“There’s too many games before that [Round Three] to get carried away with anything.”

McLoughlin, who became manager Stephen Robinson’s 12th signing of the summer, admits he is really enjoying life at the Mazuma Stadium since joining the club in July.

“I felt very welcome when I came here, I know everyone else would probably say the same thing,” he added.

“It’s a good group of lads and I think everyone fits in after a couple of days, you might have the quiet one at the start, but we all seem like we’ve gelled quickly and hopefully we can gel a little bit more going forward.

“I’ve really enjoyed it, it’s been a hectic start, it’s not been easy, a lot of travelling on top of that but everyone’s been trying to get some minutes in, the gaffer has been giving minutes to people, I think everyone’s done well as well.”

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