James accepts it’s a team game

COLERAINE striker James McLaughlin has accepted it’s a team game as the Bannsiders enter a busy period of fixtures…

By: Michael Anderson

James McLaughlin was back on the scoresheet against Larne on Tuesday.

The striker hopes there’s plenty more to follow – starting with Crusaders on Saturday – although he realises he won’t be a starter every week.

With so many matches coming up, manager Oran Kearney will make full use of his squad in the coming weeks.

McLaughlin, approaching his 150th game for the club, is just happy to play his part when needed.

“You always want to play but it’s a team game and you accept Oran will make changes for games,” said James.

“With so many matches coming up everyone will be needed.

“All you can do is work hard and be ready if selected.”

Coleraine go into the weekend clash with the Crues boosted by their fifth successive win.

McLaughlin’s clinical finish, after Stephen Lowry’s penalty, set up the Stripes for a great win.

“It’s good to score against anyone but it’s particularly nice when it’s against one of the so called big teams,” added James.

“It was a massive result and although it might be a cliché, we just take it one game at a time.

“Crusaders will be another hard one but we’ll just keep plugging away and see where it takes us.”