McLoughlin can learn, or crumble – Robbo

Ian McLoughlin: Picture: Lee Scriven

Ian McLoughlin: Picture: Lee Scriven

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Dons goalkeeper Ian McLoughlin is suffering from a lack of confidence, according to his manager.

On Saturday, McLoughlin was beaten by a Chris Dagnall effort which took a wicked deflection off Dean Lewington, and two excellent Chris Maguire free-kicks in Dons’ 3-1 defeat to Coventry City.

But it was the third time in a week he had conceded three goals in a game after defeats against Bradford (3-2) and Colchester (3-1).

The 22-year-old Irish stopper has been in and out of the side this season with David Martin suffering from injuries, but is yet to find the form which saw him keep nine clean sheets at the end of last season.

And Karl Robinson admits that McLoughlin has a way to go before he’s able to challenge Martin for the number one shirt.

He said: “David is number one whether people think that’s right or wrong.

“Ian will be a wonderful keeper, but he’s a long way off where Dave is. He’s had troubled times on the pitch of late and he has to learn from it.

“Ian has two choices – use it to become a better goalkeeper and one who can sustain the number one shirt, or crumble. You can only help yourself sometimes.

“He’s a good goalkeeper, but he’s suffering with confidence at the moment.”