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Hayden Mullins pleased with his side after 2-2 draw at QPR

Under-23 | “We Stuck To Our Guns”


Hayden Mullins singled out the performance of the adaptable David Sesay following his side's heartening 2-2 draw with Queens Park Rangers yesterday.

A full-back by trade, Sesay was parachuted into the unfamiliar role of No. 10 for the Professional Development League clash in West London and looked at ease and at home.

He regularly ran beyond the front two, linked the play nicely and took every opportunity to have a pop, registering four decent attempts on goal, including a long-range free-kick that crashed against the crossbar.

He showed he had that in his locker earlier in the season when he rattled in a blockbuster against Birmingham, a goal that may well have planted a seed in the head of Mullins.

"Sesay has got a lot of technical ability, a good shot, is very quick and has good attacking awareness," said Mullins.

"We played him there to try and get him in behind them and go and express himself. I thought he did it really well and I gave him a special mention in the changing rooms. He played out of position but I thought he was excellent."

Full-back Sesay impressed in the unfamiliar No. 10 role

Max Ryan also switched position, moving from the centre of defence to the middle of the park. He displayed good energy and charged around the pitch putting out fires.

"Max can play there, he's played there for the youth teams," said Mullins. "I spoke to Max about being disciplined and he did a very good job for us."

Mullins' team in general looked well coached, well organised and full of spirit as they dug deep to, firstly, come from behind and then, secondly, to hold on for a very encouraging point thanks to goals from Alex Jakubiak and Michael Folivi.

"It's a good point," said Mullins. "They are a good outfit and they've done really well recently, so to come here and get a point is really good.  We didn't start the game too well but then we went 2-1 up. Then we got hit on a counter-attack from our corner. That's disappointing. There are lots of areas we can improve but a point is good.

"It's more the character I'm pleased with. I said to the lads that they hung in there and could have nicked it: we hit the post and the cross-bar through David Sesay. It was good to see they dug in and stuck to their guns and defended really well.

"The keeper [Nathan Gartside] made some good saves and there were some good blocks, too. It was the sort of game they'd be involved in if they were to go out on loan in January."


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