Mullins: This one’s for the unsung heroes

Hayden Mullins was surprised to be named The News/Sports Mail Pompey player of the season
Hayden Mullins was surprised to be named The News/Sports Mail Pompey player of the season
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Hayden Mullins celebrated his player of the season success and insisted: This is for the unsung heroes.

Mullins lifted The News/Sports Mail trophy last night before the 1-0 defeat against Norwich.

The 32-year-old took the 2010-11 honour, voted for by Pompey fans, following a season of under-stated consistency for the Blues.

Mullins admitted he was surprised to pick up the prestigious title.

He felt the award would have gone to one of his higher- profile team-mates.

But fans voted to go for the man who has missed just a single game this season, which came only because of a controversial dismissal against Coventry last month.

Mullins said: ‘It’s unbelievable.

‘It’s something I didn’t think I’d get. It was a shock when the gaffer said “congratulations”.

‘I thought it would go to someone like David Nugent or Joel Ward, who has done brilliantly.

‘There’s Liam Lawrence and Jamie Ashdown, too.

‘There were so many other players who could have got it.

‘I guess I’m fighting the corner for the unsung hero!’

It was a night of mixed emotions for Mullins as his team slipped to defeat on their final home game of the campaign.

That saw Norwich gain promotion to the Premier League following Cardiff’s loss to Middlesbrough.

Mullins wants it to be the Blues celebrating next year.

He said: ‘It’s gutting. It was silent in our dressing room after the game.

‘They are going to the Premier League – and that’s where we want to be.

‘We want to be the ones in that position next year.’