Mullins: “The Lads Gave Absolutely Everything”
Hayden Mullins said he has seen enough against Crystal Palace and in his week leading the first team to know that Nigel Pearson has a talented squad at his disposal which is prepared for the fight ahead.
“The first half was quite even but in the second half we were the ones on the front foot, and we pushed them back for large periods of the game,” said Mullins.
“We didn’t really get any clear-cut chances which we looked at and it was a bit disappointing, but it was a great performance, the lads gave absolutely everything and I’m sure we’ll go again next week.”
The talent in the team is clear but heart and a desire to win can be the difference between picking up points in this league or not, and Mullins said this squad is capable of delivering.
“I’ve seen it all week and I’ve seen it in the two games I’ve been in charge,” he said. “Up at Leicester we got undone after 53 minutes with a dodgy penalty decision in my view, and the next goal was in the 94th minute, so there was loads of fight in that game.
“Today we were up against another good side and we kept pushing right until the end and we could have maybe nicked it if we could have created a clearer chance or if one of those decisions went our way. But the boys went all the way to the end, and I’ve seen that in abundance.”
Mullins picked up one point from his two games in charge but felt it could have been more had decisions not gone against the Hornets in both games.
“There were a couple [of penalty shouts today]. There was one with Sarr as well at the back post which we looked at and I think the contact came just before he heads the ball,” he said.
“The one with Troy most definitely, there’s a frame where he’s kind of climbed on his back. I think sometimes it goes with you and sometimes it goes against you.”
The job of taking the team forward will now be down to Pearson, who was present at Vicarage Road against Crystal Palace and spoke to the players in the dressing room before the game.
“He just said a few words with the lads, he introduced himself, went around the group and shook everyone’s hands. He had a few words to say just before the boys went out which was brilliant,” said Mullins.
“I think one of the reasons the club appointed him is they know his pedigree, he’s a top manager and he’s got a good group of players, which is brilliant as well.”