Hard work has paid off for Mullins and U’s

Colchester United 2-1 Walsall – Reaction

Colchester United took a huge step towards Sky Bet League Two safety, with boss, Hayden Mullins confirming that the change in fortune had come as a huge relief to everyone connected with the club.

Colchester – boasting a single win in 25 outings – looked set to extend that dismal sequence when James Clarke gave Walsall a 20th-minute lead at the Jobserve. However, the U’s turned the game on its head thanks to goals from Michael Folivi and Ryan Clampin before the interval – claiming three huge points in their bid to beat the drop.

“Everyone is delighted and it’s been a long time coming,” the former West Ham United midfielder explained.

“The most pleasing part for me was the way we started the game was very bright.

“We had a great chance and hit the post and then went a goal down but to show the character and the desire and the energy to come back from a goal down was fantastic and that was the most pleasing part of the day for me.

“We spoke about being bright and having the confidence to go out and attack the game today and I think we did that.

“We got done by a set play which was a sucker punch but we created enough chances today and we looked bright on the counter-attack.
“At the end when they were putting us under a lot of pressure, we still had a little bit of control, so it was really pleasing for me today.”

On Clampin splendid winning goal, Mullins added: “It was brilliant.
“It took a while to go in for me, stood on the sideline.

“It felt like it took an age to go in but Clamps has been brilliant and he’s been another one who’s first-class, especially in the games I’ve taken charge of.

“I think going forward as well as his defending he’s been excellent and to grab a goal today is much deserved for him.

“It’s pleasing to see that the goals are coming from all different areas of the pitch.”

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Brian Jeeves

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