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"I’ve got a point to prove" - McLaughlin

12 September 2017

Stephen McLaughlin has been waiting patiently for his chance in the starting 11 so far this season.

The Irish winger’s disrupted pre-season with injuries allowed Jermaine McGlashan and Michael Kightly to claim the two roles on either flank.

McLaughlin has had to settle for just one start, against Rochdale, instead.

But with Kightly unlikely to make the trip to Shrewsbury tonight, McLaughlin says he must step up if recalled to the side.

He said: “It’s been tough to take obviously.

“I played most of the games last year and having to watch has been difficult, but I can’t complain.

“The boys that have been playing have been great.

“Glash [McGlashan] has been doing great getting a few assists and obviously Kights [Kightly] is scoring goals.

“I missed two and a half weeks of pre-season but it’s one of them things, I’ve just got to get on with it.”

“I can’t complain. I’ve just got to wait for my chance and hopefully when I get it, take it.

Blues are still searching for their second win of the season after Saturday’s defeat to Charlton.

“After the game, there were a few words said but I’m very disappointed with myself when I came on,” McLaughlin added. 

“It wasn’t good enough, so I’ve got a point to prove and hopefully when I get the chance I can make it right.”

Shrewsbury are unbeaten after six games, and will prove to be another difficult test.

“They’ve got their confidence up but we can go there and take all three points, and that’s our aim.”

Blues will remember an unexpected midweek win on the road at Sheffield United last season, which they could draw parallels from tonight.

“That kick-started our season. Hopefully, if it does happen again, we’ll take it.

“We’re so close to it taking off and when it starts to click, we’ll give a team a lumping some time and it’s coming very soon.”

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