Colchester United 1-0 Salford City – Reaction
Hayden Mullins reflected upon Colchester United avoiding the drop and insisted his side were always in control of the situation.
A second-half goal from substitute Josh Bohui proved sufficient to see off Sky Bet League Two play-off contenders, Salford City – the Greater Manchester outfit finishing the game with nine men following the dismissal of Di’Shon Bernard and Ash Hunter.
“We always believed that we’d be OK but this division and football is not always straightforward,” the former West Ham United midfielder explained.
“We had to get the group into a place where we got them believing in themselves, in the way we want to play.
“It’s always tough playing under pressure – you approach games every week and you know you can’t give anything away.
The U’s have made small steps under Mullins’ guidance: “A defeat here and a draw there and it can almost be a really, really bad place to work next week.
“It was a great experience and I really enjoyed it.
“The Bolton away game – the first one – was a tough one and I enjoyed it.”
The U’s chief insisted his side has to become harder to beat at the JobServe Community Stadium, adding: “I know it’s easy saying that but the performances and some of the wins at home have been really good.
“Home is a place where you have to make it tough.
“We want to make it high tempo and get after teams here and we try to set up and really get the whole team pressing and getting after the opposition and when we do that, we’re a tough team to play against and it’s tough to come here and play against us.”