Mullins: We know there is plenty of work to do

Johnny Mullins replaces Michael Raynes

Johnny Mullins replaces Michael Raynes

First published in Sport Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Sports Reporter covering Oxford United. Follow us on twitter: @oxfordmailoufc. Call me on 01865 425458

JOHNNY Mullins admitted Oxford United are not the finished article, but feels the new-look side are not far away from clicking, writes DAVID PRITCHARD.

The U’s handed competitive debuts to five players, but despite enjoying plenty of possession, Michael Appleton’s side lost 1-0.

Mullins was disappointed the U’s did not test Burton goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin more regularly, but thinks the side are picking up on what Appleton wants.

He said: “We moved the ball around without really creating anything or being too dangerous.

“We want to work the keeper through all the possession we had.

“But I think it’s a work in progress and these are early days.

“We are positive, enjoying what we’re doing and working hard to get there.”

A dead leg in the build-up to the game meant Mullins was only named on the bench, but he replaced a groggy Michael Raynes just before half-time.

The centre back had played on with a head injury, only to come off just after the goal.

Mullins could not tell if the knock contributed to Burton’s winner.

“I’m not sure to be honest, as soon as he went down I was warming up and getting ready to come on,” he said.

One debutant, Carlton Morris, was playing his first game of senior football.

It was more physical than the 18-year-old was used to, but United’s No 9 was happy with his performance.

He said: “It was different, but I adapted quite well.

“It was easy to do that with the players I had around me.

“Burton were a play-off team last year and we dominated for 90 minutes.

“We are not worried.”

  • Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone’s contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.

Latest United news:

Who was Oxford United's man of the match at Northampton?

Oxford Mail: oxford united logo 1200pix

11:07pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

Northampton Tn 1 (Stevens 4), Oxford Utd 3 (Hylton 25 & 27, Potter 50)

Oxford Mail: oxford united logo 1200pix

10:00pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

DANNY Hylton scored twice in 109 seconds as Oxford United came from behind to claim their first away league win in an enthralling game at Sixfields.

Oxford United's Bevans has knee surgery

Oxford Mail: Matt Bevans is urging his Oxford United side to cut out the bad errors and return to winning ways at Dagenham today

3:51pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

MATT Bevans could miss the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery yesterday.

Michael Appleton urges Oxford United to banish awayday blues

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Tuesday 21st October 2014

Michael Appleton has urged Oxford United to make the most of an opportunity this week to end their wait for an away win.

Cambridge calamity is motivation for Michael Collins

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Tuesday 21st October 2014

Michael Collins says Oxford United’s thrashing on their last away trip will act as a powerful motivation to get a positive result at Sixfields tonight.

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree