Millwall's McLaughlin confident wins will come

CONOR McLaughlin is confident Millwall will soon start picking up league wins if they keep up their current levels of performance.

The Lions dominated their first two Championship fixtures this season, against Nottingham Forest and Bolton, but have just a point on the board.

Millwall registered 14 shots on target in those two games, giving away just four shots on their own goal, but have only George Saville’s successful strike against Bolton on Saturday to show for all that effort. Filipe Morais equalised from Wanderers' first shot on target, before Mark Beevers twice denied Steve Morison late on.

Millwall will have a chance to get their first league win of the season against Ipswich on Tuesday, but McLaughlin thought it should have come at the weekend.

“We all thought so, we had more chances, probably not as many as Friday night [at The City Ground], but it was the same feeling after the game,” he said. “We’re disappointed but we have to take encouragement from the performances and the points will come if we keep playing like that.

“We had a couple of attacks when we could have got a second and that would have been game over because they didn’t really have many chances.

“It was really a sucker punch with the free-kick, but we kept going. There are going to be disappointing moments during the season and we have to get through them.

“I’m sure if you ask any player coming here they won’t like it. We have to make the most of that. We have to play the way they expect us to. Bolton being a big, physical team, we had to play a bit more football.

“We did mix it up at times which caused them problems. We know we’ve played well the last two games, and it’s disappointing not to have the points to reflect that.

“The two goals we have conceded so far this season sum up the league. When we should be in winning positions we get pegged back by moments of brilliance. That’s the main difference between this league and League One.

“But we can’t get too down. The next game is Tuesday and we’ll learn our lessons and take them into that.”

McLaughlin was one of two international full-backs Lions boss Neil Harris signed in the summer, with James Meredith nailing down the left-back spot from the start of the season.

This summer has seen the world-record transfer fee paid for a defender broken twice, both times by Man City who paid over £50million each for full-backs Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy.

McLaughlin believes there is more expected of the modern-day full-back, but admits to being surprised by just how much clubs are splashing out on them.

He said: “That seems like a different planet, that league, even though we’re only a league below. It’s crazy the amount of money players are going for.

“Full-backs are important players these days, they have to be able to attack and defend. That’s reflected in the price nowadays.

“I try to do my best to get forward, but my main job is as a defender. First and foremost, if I’m solid in defence I’ll go from there.

“Personally I’ve worked hard for a long time to get my chance and it’s the same with the other lads. We want to make sure we do take our chance, we have a point to prove.

“A lot of teams this season will underestimate us, it showed a bit at Forest on Friday night. If they do then it’s their fault. I’m sure we’ll shock a few teams this season.”

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