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Mullins: Clean sheets will come for Oxford United
JOHNNY Mullins believes Oxford United’s defence are close to becoming a solid unit as they look for a first clean sheet of their season tomorrow.
The U’s lead Sky Bet League Two thanks to the division’s best attack, which has contributed 11 goals in the opening four games.
But they are the only side in the top half yet to go 90 minutes without conceding.
Mullins is part of a new-look back four this season, with full backs David Hunt and Tom Newey arriving alongside skipper Jake Wright, the only survivor from last season’s first-choice defence.
The 27-year-old is determined to put an end to the run against Rochdale.
He said: “We want a clean sheet and we’re working hard to get that.
“I don’t think we’re doing too much wrong as a unit.
“There are a lot of things which go into making a good back four.
“We feel we have the potential to have one, but just because we’re conceding doesn’t make us a bad back four.
“Things happen in matches, they can be unfortunate, good play or poor defending.
“We’ll keep striving for that clean sheet.”
Despite United dropping their first points of the season with a 2-2 draw against Wycombe Wanderers last weekend, it remains the club’s best start to a Football League season for ten years.
It excites Mullins, who left League One side Rotherham United in the summer to re-join the U’s, because the centre back thinks they are still some way short of fulfilling their potential.
He said: “I don’t think we've hit top form yet.
“As a team we’re not easy to beat. We are really going at it, everyone is covering each other, so there are a lot of positives.
“The coaching staff will look at what we need to improve and we will get better.
“I think it’s coming together nicely – it’s a good sign that we’re doing this when we’re not firing on all cylinders.
“We just need to keep believing in what we’re being told and it will come.”
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