Plenty of positives for Mullins despite U’s cup exit

Birmingham City v Colchester United – Carabao Cup first round – St Andrews – Reaction

Birmingham City 1-0 Colchester United

Hayden Mullis was left with plenty to be proud of despite witnessing his Colchester United side slip out of the Carabao Cup against Championship outfit, Birmingham City at St Andrew’s.

The U’s enjoyed the better of proceedings before Marcel Oakley’s winner for the home side fifteen minutes from time, and almost salvaged the tie in the closing moments when Cameron Coxe hit the frame of the goal.

“I thought we were very, very good,” the U’s chief enthused.

“I asked our boys to be positive and said the pressure’s on them.

“I wanted us to go on the front foot and attack them with and without the ball and I felt we did that.

“From the first minute, we pressed high, we won the ball, we had lots of energy, we looked a threat – it was a great performance and there were loads of positives to take from it.

“Even right until the end when we hit the crossbar – for me, we were much the stronger team.”

Fulham loanee, Sylvester Jasper provided a particularly eye-catching performance: “We got him in last Thursday and he hasn’t really had too many days with us training,” Mullins explained.

“We got him on against Carlisle and had a little look at him and we thought we’d have a really good look at him.

“He’s got a lovely delivery on him but the thing that impressed me with him, especially coming out of an academy, is the way he worked for the team out of possession.

“His pressing was really good, he was getting his body in at times and he’s a strong boy and he had confidence to go past people and take the game to them, which was really refreshing to see.

“Him and Noah in those positions offered loads of energy for us.

“I asked them to be ball carriers for us and get into areas where they could hurt the opposition and I thought they did that.

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