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McLoughlin: ‘A point in the right direction’

13 December 2021

Although frustrated not to win, defender Sean McLoughlin felt the draw against Bristol City was another “point in the right direction”.

The Tigers were denied a third successive home win by Matty James’ stoppage-time equaliser but are now unbeaten in six Championship matches.

“We’re disappointed with the manner in which we conceded the goal late on as we had a great chance to go and win the game,” said the 25-year-old.

“When we reflect on it, and the last couple of games, it’s a point in the right direction. We didn’t win the game but we didn’t lose either.

“We’re picking up points and we’re feeling disappointed – that can only be a good thing with the way it’s been going the last couple of games.

“We’ve had some good results – four wins and two draws in the last six games, so it’s been brilliant. It’s a point in the right direction.”

The Tigers have picked up 14 points from the last 18 available and McLoughlin believes the team shape has been an important factor.

“Our shape has been very good over the past six games, with and without the ball,” McLoughlin said.

“When we’re losing the ball, we’re getting into a good shape behind it and we’re able to jump on mistakes, backwards passes. We’ve been doing that very well.

“When we’re getting into the final third, earlier in the season we weren’t taking those chances, they’re going into the back of the net now.

“Collectively, as a team, with and without the ball, we’ve been brilliant.”

McLoughlin has started the Tigers’ last five matches – his best run in the side – and is determined to keep his place.

“I’m feeling pretty positive,” he said.

“It helps when the results are going your way and you’re in the team. It always looks a bit better. I’m just enjoying getting the game time at the minute.

“Hopefully I can step up another level and show a bit of consistency and give the manager a problem when he’s selecting the team.

“I’m in the team now, the aim is to stay in it for the rest of the season. It’s down to me how I perform on the pitch and in training.”

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