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Burton Albion: Jon McLaughlin happy to fit into Brewers defensive setup

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 26, 2014

STANDING FIRM ... Jon McLaughlin comes for the ball against Newport on Saturday.

STANDING FIRM ... Jon McLaughlin comes for the ball against Newport on Saturday.

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JON McLaughlin is pleased he has been able to slot into a solid defensive set-up at Burton Albion.

The Brewers had the best defensive record away from home in League Two last season, despite not having a settled No 1 keeper all campaign.

And they have started 2014-15 in a similar style, keeping two clean sheets and conceding just two in the league from their opening four games.

"We've had three great results in the league, and a draw at Newport, and we should be sitting on four clean sheets," said McLaughlin.

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"But we've got two, and only conceded two goals, so you can't ask for much more than that at the start of the campaign.

"From my personal point, it's good to come into a back four that are solid, know each other well and so the only new man is myself.

"If I can be come in, be confident and try to communicate with them, then great, and we're already showing that we're creating that bond."

McLaughlin's second clean sheet came in the 1-0 victory over Exeter City a week ago, in which he only had two saves of note to make.

But make them he did, and he said it was vital to stay focused in matches.

"It's always nice to make a good save in a game where we were so defensively sound that the opposition only get one or two chances," said McLaughlin.

"You feel confident that if you can go and make that one save, it can be key to getting that clean sheet and going on to win or draw.

"When you play for good teams who are strong in a league, you're going to dominate games a lot of the time.

"That means opponents are going to be restricted to one or two chances, which is great for a goalkeeper, because it means you're not going to have a lot to do.

"But it means when you are, inevitably, going to have something to do, it's very key and very important that you make those saves and don't let the team down.

"If you're coming off having only faced one or two shots and you've not kept a clean sheet, it's very disappointing.

"The lads are working so hard to limit the chances, that it's only right I stay 100 per cent focused for the entire game to make sure I do my bit for the team."

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