Conor McLaughlin might have put on the Northern Ireland kit and preparing for the coming friendly matches, but, he has been honest enough to confess that he is not glad with the timing of the matches and his mind is still at Fleetwood Town where a tough struggle is for the Cod Army to save their stature as a League One Club.
However, McLaughlin understands the perspective of the Northern Ireland head coach that he is looking to make the side come together for a couple of matches so that the players get to know about their roles a little more clearly and also, he gets to see who fits where and which combination gives him the best result at which positions.
McLaughlin also has the idea that the performances in these friendly matches will count in terms of who will be the coach’s top picks on the visit to France and so, he is taking the assignment seriously and would not just turn up because he has to make the numbers.
He says he is going to take it as a chance to play himself into some kind of form and then, returns to Fleetwood feeling better and helps them in his fullest capacity which he believes he hasn’t quite done.
Fleetwood is on a negative run at this moment. They are slipping quite fast with three loses back to back and it only seems a matter of time that they get into that red area of demotion in the teams’ standings if they don’t up their game.
McLaughlin was particularly gutted with that third loss that came against Barnsley on Saturday. He thought that the fight that had been there from Fleetwood in the pre-half-time-break period, it totally disappeared post-break and the opposition capitalized.