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Unhappy return for Mullins
JOHNNY Mullins was delighted to be back in action for Oxford United, but understandably disappointed with Saturday’s result.
The defender limped out of the 0-0 draw at Accrington Stanley three weeks’ earlier.
He returned to full training this week and, with Tom Newey suspended, came straight back into a defence that had not conceded for more than seven hours before kick-off.
Like the rest of the United squad, Mullins was aggrieved at the manner of the defeat, but said that the forward-looking squad would go again in their next game to put it right.
“I’m pleased to get through the game, but bitterely disappointed with the result,” he said.
“I couldn’t have complained if I hadn’t come straight back in today because the lads have been brilliant of late.
“The foul for their goal was outside the area – I won’t say more about it, but it wasn’t a penalty.
“We can’t dwell on this with negativity, we need to dust ourselves down and go again.”
Mullins did not want to talk too much about the performance of referee Mark Brown, but shared the frustration of his teammates with a number of decisions.
However, he said that he felt that the foul that led to Alfie Potter’s injury was as a result of a number of other bad challenges going unpunished.
“I think you have to play the game and wipe out what’s happening because I didn’t think we got the rub of the green.
“We have just got to look at the next game and that’s the FA Cup.
“It was a poor tackle on Alfie – it was over the top.
“It got to a stage where tackles were going in and nothing was happening so maybe it was on the cards.
“Without harping on about the referee too much because you can get into trouble, there were a few challenges out there that were given and others that weren’t so inconsistent is the word.”
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