McLaughlin delighted after making Bristol City debut

Former Derry City winger, Stephen McLaughlin is hoping he can kick-on and help Bristol City secure their first league win after impressing in his full debut for the club last Tuesday night.

The Isle of Doagh man is on loan with Bristol City from Nottingham Forest until January 2nd next and was handed his first start for the Capital One cup clash with Premiership side Southampton this week.

McLaughlin played 90 minutes in the 2-0 defeat to the Saints but was one of a number of players to see chances go begging in an encouraging second-half display from Sean O’Driscoll’s side.

And the 23 year-old is hoping he can maintain his place in the side when they entertain Colchester at Ashton Gate tomorrow.

“It was good to get 90 minutes under my belt and I thought the team played well,” said the Co. Donegal man afterwards.

“We had a period for 20 minutes in the second half when we kept the ball well and had a number of good chances.

“If we can play like that at the weekend against Colchester United then I’m sure we’ll do well.”

McLaughlin, a winger by trade, started on the left of a midfield five, but later played through the middle and also supported Jay Emmanuel-Thomas up front.

McLaughlin has settled in well at Ashton Gate since his short term move was finalised this month and he’s hoping his versatility will give him a better chance of nailing down a regular starting berth.

“I can play anywhere across the midfield, left, right or middle and I can play up top as well,” he continued.

“The team here likes to keep the ball and that suits my game. It’s been easy to settle here; they’re a great bunch of lads who have made me feel welcome.

“We just want to get that first league win now to kickstart the season,” he concluded.