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Walsall Preview - Hayden Mullins

Head Coach looks ahead at Walsall test

9 December 2021

Colchester United have their second consecutive away game on Saturday, with a trip to the West Midlands to take on Walsall.

Hayden Mullins and his squad will be back on the bus this weekend looking to add to the point they gained in the goalless draw at Bradford on Wednesday night.

It was a point that saw the U's league total rise to twenty two, although they remain in the same eighteenth spot they occupied before the kick-off at Valley Parade.

The hosts began strongly, but the U's grew into the game and had the better of the chances in the second half in West Yorkshire.

And whilst accepting that a point is a decent return against Bradford, Hayden felt it could well have been more.

"We looked really solid, and it was a really solid away point at a difficult place to come."

"We had decent chances towards the end, and we have a bit of dissapointment that we didn't get the win and all three points."

"We have to take the positives into the weekend though, and get at Walsall like we got at Bradford in the second half.

"We showed great character to weather those early stages of the game, a period that I was pretty calm about despite them having the better of things.

"Other positives were the general performance from everyone after that initial spell, our creation of chances, and Brendan getting on and looking stronger and stronger as the game went on."

Bendan Wiredu came on as a substitute, and will certainly be in Hayden and Alex's thoughts when they put together the team for the trip to Walsall.

Especially given that fellow midfielder Noah Chilvers limped through the final minutes. 

The U's had used all three subs when a foul saw Noah go down injured, and Hayden said: "Noah rolled his ankle when he was fouled and was struggling to carry on."

"We wanted him to come off really but credit to him, he wanted to carry on and help the lads out. 

"We'll now have to look at him before the game on Saturday, along with another couple of injuries that we've suffered recently, and go from  there."


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