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Match Preview | Hayden Mullins

U's boss Mullins speaking ahead of the game at Oldham Athletic

19 August 2021

Colchester United boss Hayden Mullins has said he wants his players to play with freedom ahead of this weekend's clash with Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park.

The U's will be looking for their first win of the season on Saturday afternoon, when they make the journey up to Oldham, after a confidence boosting nintey-fifth minute equaliser against Mansfield Town on Tuesday night. 

Freddie Sears stepped up to convert from the spot, giving the home fans something to cheer about, with the first goal of the season, and Mullins says it will give the lads a lift going into the next game in Sky Bet League Two. 

"We know that win will come, as we knew that the goal would come. It's about not applying too much pressure on the boys, it's about them having the freedom and the mentality to go out and enjoy the game, win the game and do what we do well. 

"Our performances have been where we wanted them, albeit for spells in the first half in games. We are a tough team, it's pleasing when we look back on some of the bits in the game and you see our character - when we have gone behind it has been class, really good to see. 

"The players know that when they go on the pitch they stick together. There is strength in unity, and when we are on the pitch, we are looking after eachother. If we can all pull together, we need to rally round eachother and drag eachother through it. 

"We need to start games more positively, more on the front foot and with a bit more confidence on the ball and we will be okay - the intent is there."

Tickets are available for the game at Oldham on Saturday afternoon, click HERE for more information. 

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