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The hunt for games

13 January 2015

Nottingham Forest duo Stephen McLaughlin and Louis Laing are eyeing more game-time in the coming months.

The pair, who both spent time on loan at Notts County earlier this season, have both been involved in first-team squads recently.

Both McLaughlin and Laing believe their spells at Meadow Lane were beneficial, and neither would be averse to another loan move this season if circumstances dictate.

McLaughlin said: “I enjoyed it there. I played every game, creating goals and scoring one as well. The gaffer was good to me and I felt I gained a lot of experience from it.

“First and foremost I want to play here. If it’s not going to be here I’ll go on loan and try to knock on the door again. Hopefully I’m doing the right things and we’ll see what happens in the coming weeks.”

Laing added: “Same as Stephen, I really enjoyed it. I played most of the games while I was there and it was a great experience for me.

“I need games at this stage of my career. If the opportunity isn’t here I want to get myself back out on loan, that’s definite. I don’t want to dry up with no games.”

Both played the full 90 minutes in yesterday’s Under 21s match against Sheffield Wednesday, which saw Forest come from a goal behind to win 2-1.

And McLaughlin was pleased with the way The Reds approached the game, and also with the opportunity to play at left back again.

He said: “I’m enjoying it. It’s my second game I’ve played there. You see a lot of the ball.

“I thought we did well. We kept the ball down, played it and tried to do the right things.”

Laing, who played centre back, added: “It was a tough game, especially in the first half with the weather.

“But the lads stuck at it and it was a great result. We believed in ourselves, we knew it was going to happen. In the second half we were more clinical and it showed in the result.”

Click here to watch the full interview on Forest Player.

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