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Crues will hit stride soon: McLaughlin


Wary: Paddy McLaughlin knows the threat that Crusaders pose
Wary: Paddy McLaughlin knows the threat that Crusaders pose

By Graham Luney

Institute manager Paddy McLaughlin has insisted that he is not surprised Crusaders boss Stephen Baxter is showing no signs of panic despite a poor start to the season for the champions.

The Crues travel to play Stute at the Brandywell today having suffered their fourth defeat in eight Danske Bank Premiership clashes against Dungannon Swifts in midweek.

While there is obvious disappointment at Seaview over how things have gone so far, leaking two goals per game, Baxter said this week that he wasn't too concerned - and McLaughlin understands why.

"Stephen Baxter is probably relaxed about how things have gone because he trusts his players that they will turn things around," McLaughlin insisted.

"They can beat anyone at any stage and he is not panicking because the players are as good as anyone in the division.

"It's uncharacteristic of them to be conceding soft goals because they have quality defenders and top players in their ranks. It's not like them to be conceding so many goals and I just hope today they concede another couple."

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