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Conor McLaughlin has managed to play at the international stage

Posted on March 31, 2015 in Conor Mclaughlin

The 23 year old defender Conor McLaughlin has managed to play at the international stage in over 30 occasions as a youth player by going through the Northern Ireland U16-U21 teams. Now that he is old enough to be placed in the main team of his country, Conor is delighted about having this chance as the defender of Fleetwood Town took the chance to express what it feels like to perform for Northern Ireland in important tournaments such as the 2016 Euro’s qualifications.

Conor McLaughlin has been featured in every single 2016 Euro’s qualification match for Northern Ireland including the country’s latest match which was played on March 29 at the Windsor Park against Finland. This game resulted in a 2-1 victory for Northern Ireland as national side of Conor McLaughlin remains in the 2nd spot of Group F with 12 points having been secured so far.

The defender of Fleetwood Town was called up for Northern Ireland’s match against Finland and the right-back was happy to be able to represent his country once more and help them in their quest on progressing into the next rounds of the 2016 Euro’s but it was a bittersweet feeling for Conor McLaughlin as he had to miss out from the match that his club had to play against Preston North End which was played on March 29.

“It’s bittersweet, isn’t it?Its two massive games for Northern Ireland, Scotland at Hampden an (more…)

Conor Mclaughlin – The most Impressive Player

Posted on February 4, 2015 in Conor Mclaughlin

Conor Mclaughlin has made over 20 league appearances for Fleetwood Town in the English League One. The 23 year old right-back of Northern Ireland has made a number of standout performances for his club; his campaign has been so impressive that he has attracted the attention and interest from clubs in the English Championship League.

The Northern Ireland player had to be at his homeland in order to receive the George Best Breakthrough Award as he was rewarded for his surprising and impeccable string of performances that the young defender has been displaying.

Mclaughlin was delighted to receive the award but he went on saying that he couldn’t celebrate as the young defender had to be back in action and training with his teammates on the following day. (more…)


Posted on May 14, 2013 in Millwall

Preston North End manager Simon Grayson has revealed that his players should be at their best when the club takes on Sheffield United in the next league match. Preston were struggling in the division before the arrival of Grayson, but he has managed to steady the ship in recent weeks. The club as expected to challenge for promotion spot at the start of the campaign, but they have been a major disappointment. As he builds the team for next season, Grayson has said that it is also important to concentrate on the match against Sheffield United.

The former Huddersfield Town manager already has the experience of beating United, but told the top football blog he needs to pick up his players recently suffered a defeat against Crawley town. The 1-0 defeat has meant that Preston are currently 14th in the table. As a result, there is nothing left to play for in the final match of the season for Preston. Despite this, Grayson wants a good end to the season in order to begin the next on positively. Grayson has said that the team could have had a positive end to the season had they been more energetic in the opening few minutes against Crawley. He has said that the poor start led to the defeat.

“We said to the players don’t go down with a whimper, make sure you give it your all because it is a long way for our supporters to travel. I felt disappointed because we want to win every game we are involved in. I thought we started the game poorly, allowed Crawley to dictate for the first 15 minutes and they got the goal in that time. Crawley looked a good team, they popped it around well and caused us a few problems, but we were a bit lethargic,” said Grayson.




Posted on November 15, 2012 in Millwall

Preston North End has defeated Scunthorpe United FC in a League One match played at Glanthorpe Park on Tuesday. Preston won the match by a close margin of 3-2. This was the sixth victory for Preston in the ongoing Football League One. With the help of this victory, Preston has now moved up to no. 8 in the points table.

The Preston team has played 14 matches in the tournament so far out of which the team has secured victory in 6 matches. The Lilywhites have been defeated in 5 matches, while, the rest three matches have ended in a draw. Preston currently has 21 points in 14 matches.

On the other hand, this was the eighth defeat for Scunthorpe in the competition. Due to this defeat, Scunthorpe has moved down to no. 22 in the points table with only 10 points. Scunthorpe has played 14 matches in the ongoing League One so far out of which it has managed to win only two games. Scunthorpe has lost 8 matches, while, in the remaining four matches, the points have been shared.

Nicky Wroe was the hero of Preston’s victory. The English midfielder scored all the three goals for Preston and all those three goals were scored in the first half. Leon Clarke reduced the lead to 3-1 by scoring the first goal for Scunthorpe just before the half time break.

The match became interesting when the score became 3-2 in the 72th minute of the match. It was Karl Hawley who scored the second goal for Scunthorpe. Hawley got the ball outside the penalty box and he just blasted the ball into the left hand corner of the net.

The Scunthorpe team had to find the net at least one more time in order to stop Preston from registering a win, but, that didn’t happen and the Lilywhites grabbed all the three points.

Preston will play its next match against Tranmere Rovers on Saturday.




Posted on October 18, 2012 in Millwall

The Preston North end manager Graham Westley has said that he is extremely happy with the attitude shown by his players in the recent Johnstone’s Paint Trophy match against Morecambe. Preston were taking on Morecambe at Deepdale looking to progress to the quarter-final stage of the competition. Despite struggling with form in the league, they have been looking to take advantage of the brilliant run they have had so far in the cup competitions. However, the match against Morecambe was a crucial test, but Preston came out in the successful manner after beating the opposition 4-2.

The club were coming into the match on the back of the 3-1 defeat at the hands of Oldham athletic during the weekend. The Preston manager Westley admitted that his players were short on confidence ahead of this match, but they showed the right attitude to take them through to the quarter-finals of this competition. He is now hoping that the club will get the opportunity to play at Wembley if they win the next two matches. Preston were expected to challenge for promotion spot, but they are currently outside the play-offs position in the eighth position. They have 17 points from the 11 matches played so far.

“We needed to bounce back after a disppointing performance at the weekend. I thought the guys put in a terrific second-half performance, especially after going 1-0 down. I’ve said to the lads who haven’t been involved over the past few weeks that they have a special responsibility, because it’s the work they do then which dictates the success they have when they get in the side,” said the Preston manager after the match. The club will also be hoping to use this great result going into the match against Milton Keynes in the league during the weekend.




Posted on March 28, 2012 in Millwall

Preston North End manager Graham Westley has said that he is extremely happy with the performance of his team in the match against Exeter City recently. Ian Hume scored the two goals in the 2-1 win over Exeter City recently. The win is the first Preston North End have had in the last five matches.

As result, they still remain in touch with the play-off position, although that likelihood has been reducing for the last few matches now. Preston are currently a massive 10 points behind sixth placed Carlisle United, while they will be facing the likes of Bury and Barnsley in the next few matches.

Ian Hume squad after just 11 min on the clock after a cross from Danny Mayor. However, Liam Sercombe equalised for Exeter City just a few minutes later. Just when it seemed that it was going to be yet another disappointment for new Preston North End manager Graham Westley, Ian Hume scored his second goal of the night with a delicate finish. Artur Krysiak failed to collect the long ball from Thorsten Stuckmann, which Ian Hume promptly despatched into the back of the net.

“I am more pleased with the performance than the result. The players showed a tremendous work ethic and a lot of desire and commitment to go about their work in the right way. You can see they wanted the points and they made up their mind they were going to go and get them. We have been on the back foot and that can happen when you are a side that are used to posting negative results,” Westley said after the match. Preston have won just one match in the last five, but will be hoping that this victory helps them in some confidence for the upcoming matches.



Posted on January 12, 2012 in Millwall

There is bad news for Preston as their key defender Conor Mclaughlin has suffered a major ankle injury where he managed to dislocate his ankle and fracture his fibula.

This unfortunate accident took place during his last match on Saturday. Preston are already struggling to make a hold in the Championship table, currently at the foot of the ranking table. To add to this misfortune, Conor is unlikely to be available for quite a while now.

It means bringing in a new player on to the field or bringing about a change in the strategy. Losing a key defender like Conor Mclaughlin has disappointed the boss Phil Brown who feels bad to see that such a vital and hot prospect for the team now has to be on the sidelines for quite some time.




Posted on January 4, 2012 in Millwall

Immediately after taking over control as the Preston North End chairman, Peter Ridsdale, has sacked manager Phil Brown after the poor run of results has seen them struggled to qualify for the automatic promotion spot. They are currently outside the play-off position in the League one and this is well behind Preston North end’s hopes of returning back to the Championship in the first attempt itself. Preston North end were relegated from the championship last season and Phil Brown took charge of the club last season in a very difficult position.

He has been unable to bring in the required changes at the club. As a result, they have just one victory in more than 10 matches. It is a run that has seen them struggle to even make it into the play-off position. The club are now five points behind the final team in the play-offs position and it seems that Peter Ridsdale has decided to act pretty quickly in order to bring back any hope of returning to the Championship as quickly as possible. However, many have criticised the decision by Peter Ridsdale to sack the manager, who seems to have performed quite well in very difficult circumstances.

Phil Brown was initially appointed to save the club from relegation, but they were in a very bad situation in January 2011 that it would have been impossible for even Sir Alex Ferguson to save Preston North End from relegation. “Phil Brown joined the club in January 2011 with the objective of trying to ensure that we could maintain our status in the Championship.

Regrettably, this did not happen and the club were relegated to League One. Following relegation we had hoped that we would be in a position to compete for an immediate return to the Championship but, after a promising start, we have only won one of our last 11 league games and we are out of all three cup competitions,” read a statement.



Posted on November 30, 2011 in Millwall

Preston North End manager Phil Brown has said that he is hopeful that his club wwill extend goalkeeper Thorsten Stuckmann’s contract until January. Goalkeeper Stuckmann is on a short-term deal with Preston North End, but has proved to be extremely successful for the club so far. Stuckmann’s two appearances for Preston this season seems to have been more than enough to convince Phil Brown that he is good enough to deserve a contract up until New Year.

Speaking to the media regarding the contract situation, Phil Brown said “The good thing is that the current contract which Thorsten has carries us beyond the current loan window, which shuts in a week. Hopefully we will add an extension, that would take us into the early January transfer window – when we can extend it again. After his fantastic performances in the last two games, we’d be stupid not to extend his deal.” The Preston betting markets suggest that a contract extension will be offered.

Preston North End have been struggling in recent weeks, having suffered three defeats on the bounce, with the latest defeats coming in the FA Cup against Southend and in the League against Bury. They are only seven points ahead of the relegation zone, and the presence of Thorsten Stuckmann in between the sticks is expected to add a lot of strength to the team.

Despite being extremely close to the relegation zone, there is also a good chance that Preston North End can make it into the play-offs. They started the season as one of the top Championship bets, and they’re still only eight points behind Notts County in the final play-offs position.

Manager Phil Brown has said in recent weeks that players have not been has the same kind of commitment that he wishes to see.


Preston North End 2 – 0 Notts County – All Goals – League One – 27/08/2011

Posted on November 11, 2011 in Conor Mclaughlin

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