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McLaughlin expecting another exciting Lancashire derby

17 December 2021

Ryan McLaughlin says Saturday’s clash with Fleetwood Town has the potential to be another exciting encounter following the reverse fixture last month.

The Shrimps came out 2-1 winners at Highbury back in November when Cole Stockton’s 94th minute winner from the half-way line secured the points for Stephen Robinson’s men.

With two points and two places separating the sides in the Sky Bet League One table, McLaughlin says it has the potential to be another entertaining West Lancashire derby.

“Obviously it’s a derby, it’s massive for us,” he said.

“With the league position as well, it’s massive for the fans too and the whole clubs, obviously we only played them recently and it was a very good game.

“I’m expecting another one tomorrow.”

“The points now, even in the games in the early season, they all add up, and up to the end of the season, every game is just as important and the sooner we can start getting more wins, the better for us.

“In this league, anyone can beat anyone, and nothing’s given even if you’re playing against a team that’s down there, they’re fighting for their lives as well, so every game is just as hard as the other.

“We’re experienced enough to know that, and it’ll be a tough game [on] Saturday, but one we think that we can be confident as well.”

McLaughlin’s brother Conor signed for Town in October, and the 27-year-old admits whilst personal bragging rights are at stake, the bigger picture is to get a result for the Shrimps.

He added: “It’s a strange one, I’ve played against him about four times, I’ve played with him as well, I probably find it more strange playing with him than against him.

“It’s always good, it’s good for the family as well, but you have to forget about them type of things when you go on the pitch, it’s all about the team and ourselves getting the result we want.”

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