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Hayden Mullins on Michael Folivi's progress after Monday's Colchester win

Under-23 | “The Rewards From Hard Work”


Michael Folivi is turning into the Hornets' Under-23 side's lucky omen.

He's scored seven times this season and Hayden Mullins' team are yet to lose when he gets on the score-sheet. 

"Mike has been brilliant this season, he's been excellent," said Mullins after yesterday's 3-0 win over Colchester United at Vicarage Road, in which Folivi scored twice.

"He's played like that in the majority of the games and he was like that away at Southampton [in the 2-1 cup win]. He's getting the rewards from hard work. He's getting his goals and standing out.

"He's a good player. He's a little bit stronger, a little bit wiser [this season]. He's quick, inventive and can finish one-v-one. We are working on bits and pieces, like shooting through legs, but his all-round performance was very good."

The rest were not bad, either, as the young Golden Boys ended a run of three straight Professional Development League defeats.

"It was a very good reaction to the defeat [against Charlton] last week," said Mullins.

"We watched the video a few times and we spoke about the realism of football. It's not all pretty passing – you've got to hurt the other team.

"I thought we did that today with the pace we had up front and with the pace we had out wide. We stretched them a lot and we caused them a lot of problems."

Mullins demanded a response after the toothless display against Charlton last time out and he got one.

You had Brice Dja Djédjé leading the press in Tom Cleverley fashion from midfield; Charlie Rowan taking one shot in the midriff and then Rowan and Andrew Eleftheriou, the captain, both bravely throwing themselves in the line of fire to stop the same shot. It was very much a one for all and all for one mentality. 

"It's been like that in training," said Mullins.

"We needed a reaction from Charlton, it was a little bit flat. We needed a game like today, to go out, play well and pass it around. We hurt the opposition in behind; it was brilliant and really good to watch. I'd watch that every week."


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