McLaughlin makes instant impact on Notts County debut

Nottingham Forest's Stephen McLaughlin and Tottenham Hotspur's Kyle Naughton battle for the ball during the Capital One Cup Third Round match at White Hart Lane.

Nottingham Forest's Stephen McLaughlin and Tottenham Hotspur's Kyle Naughton battle for the ball during the Capital One Cup Third Round match at White Hart Lane.

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Former Derry City winger Stephen McLaughlin has made an instant impact following his loan move to Notts County this week as the Co. Donegal lad set up a goal on his debut last night (Tuesday) against Crewe Alexandra.

The man from the Isle of Doagh joined County from their city rivals Nottingham Forest on a one-month emergency loan deal on Monday having featured against Tottenham Hotspur in a 3-1 Capital One League Cup loss at White Hart Lane last week.

McLaughlin, who was handed the number 32 shirt, linked up with the rest of the Magpies squad at training on Monday and went straight into the squad for the Sky Bet League One trip to Crewe last night.

Jake Cassidy scored twice for County at Gresty Road with McLaughlin setting up the second of those as well as playing a part in Alan Tate’s unfortunate own goal, deflecting in Shaun Harrad’s shot from a corner, which made it 2-0 after the break.

McLaughlin joined Forest from Derry City in January 2013 for £160,000 and spent time last season on loan at Bristol City.

The 24-year-old made his debut for Forest in April and has made five appearances for the English Championship side this season, including that Capital One Cup defeat to Spurs.

The former Derry midfielder has been told he is part of Stuart Pearce’s plans at the City Ground and the move is designed for him to get much-needed minutes under his belt.

McLaughlin played for Clonmany Shamrocks before spending the 2009 and 2010 seasons at Finn Park.

In his two-year tenure at Derry City, McLaughlin helped the club to the 2012 FAI Cup.