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McLaughlin hails Shrimps’ character

26 September 2021

Defender Ryan McLaughlin says his teammates showed great character to come away with a point against Accrington Stanley after playing 60 minutes with 10 men.

The 26-year-old made his first league start in what was a pulsating Lancashire derby which saw three goals apiece and a first-half red card for Morecambe, and McLaughlin says the Shrimps can be happy with the result given the circumstances.

“I thought the lads dug very deep and come away with a draw,” he said.

“We probably could’ve ended up nicking it at the end, so the lads are all happy with the character we showed, and we just want to keep this unbeaten run going into Lincoln now.

 “We went in at half time and the gaffer said ‘look, don’t use this as an excuse because we’ve got ten men that we’ll just fold over and let them play the way they want’, we just wanted to make it difficult for them.

“I thought we defended very well, from the front, and that’s including the midfielders who did a lot of work for us, and that made us be able to stay compact, so I thought we did brilliant and anytime we get a chance, we’ve got Cole [Stockton] up there who can take it.”

The Belfast-born man, who joined the Shrimps in September, says he is delighted with the progress he has made in the short time he’s been at the club.

McLaughlin added: “It’s very difficult, you’re playing catch up, your first day and they’re probably three months in on your first day, and it is difficult, but I knew that.

“There’s only so much you can do by yourself, running in the summer by yourself, just hoping that a move you want would come in.

“I’ve worked with the gaffer before at Oldham, I know the way he works, and in the two-and a-bit weeks I’ve been here, the fitness levels I’ve got to I’m happy with.

“It is hard playing catch up, and I’m sure there are other people in the same boat, but I’m just lucky to have played and I’m happy to get 90 minutes too so it’s all in the bank.”

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