SOUTHEND United’s Stephen McLaughlin is beginning to enjoy his new role at the Shrimpers.

The Irishman has started the last three games at left wing-back.

But he is starting to get used to the position.

“It’s a lot different,” said McLaughlin, who is more used to playing as a winger.

“You have to get right the way back.

“Sometimes as a winger you come to the halfway line and that’s enough but I’m quite enjoying it now.

“I feel like I’m adapting and I’m doing a job for the team.

“I feel like I’m doing it alright too.

“I’m a winger, not a full-back and it’s taken a few games to adapt.

“You listen to Rob Kiernan and the defenders around you but Saturday, out of the games I’ve played, I thought was one of my best.

“Hopefully I’ll be even better on Saturday and I can get the goal I should have had against Tranmere.”

Blues drew 0-0 with Rovers at the weekend, meaning they have still triumphed just once in League One this season.

But McLaughlin is confident the Shrimpers can build on their third successive stalemate and soon secure a victory.

“It’s just about belief,” said the 29-year-old.

“We have to have the belief in what we’re doing in training and take that into the games.

“We’ve been doing that the last number of weeks since the manager came in.

“It will turn around.

“I have a lot of faith in that and the boys do too.

“We can’t wait for the next game now at Accrington Stanley.

“We will try stamp our authority on it and look to get another clean sheet while trying to create a lot of chances too.”