Mullins is ready if Mr Angry returns

Michael Brown and Hayden Mullins taking on Leon Best in Pompey's match at Coventry last year
Michael Brown and Hayden Mullins taking on Leon Best in Pompey's match at Coventry last year
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Hayden Mullins is fully prepared for some typical Michael Brown antics if his former team-mate is recalled to the Leeds line-up in time for Pompey’s visit.

But despite the headache that anyone coming up against Brown usually gets, Mullins is eager to be given a chance to ‘do a job’ on the 34-year-old tomorrow.

The Blues midfielder spent two seasons alongside the spiky former Wigan and Fulham man at Fratton Park, amid the most turbulent periods of Pompey’s recent past.

Despite impressing during his time on the south coast, Brown’s Blues career came to a controversial end last season when it came to light that playing one more game for the club would have triggered a clause in his contract to give him a new deal on lucrative wages Pompey could not afford.

The stand-off led to Brown not putting on a Blues shirt again in 2011, and he joined Leeds on a free transfer this summer.

He has been unable to nail down a regular first-team place since his switch to Elland Road, though, and was left out of the Leeds squad for their 3-3 draw at Brighton last week.

But Mullins will be waiting for his old midfield partner’s tricks if Brown does return to the ranks.

Mullins smiled: ‘I don’t know if they will throw Brownie into the game and see if they can get a reaction out of him against his old club.

‘I’d like to play against him – he leaves his foot in and his elbow and all the rest of it. So he might get wound up and get himself sent off!

‘I stayed away from him but I saw him in a few dust-ups in training.

‘One thing you know you will get from him is that he will leave his foot in and try to wind you up. The flip side to that is that he’s a good player.

‘But he’s a good guy and he did well for us when he was here. It will be good to see him again.

‘If he is in there, we will try to do a job on him.’

The Brown and Richard Hughes contract saga was just one of the obstacles that boss Steve Cotterill had to contend with last season as both players were unavailable for the second half of the campaign.

Hughes played his final game for the club in the 3-3 draw at Elland Road last season, while Brown played his last match two days earlier on Boxing Day, when Pompey drew 1-1 at home to Millwall.

Mullins said: ‘I was sad to see Brownie and Hughesie leave but it was only a matter of time before they left. The writing was on the wall when they didn’t commit to the contracts. They stood their ground and the club stood their ground.

‘But it’s in the past now.’

While there was a hefty blow to morale in midweek with the last-gasp home defeat to Peterborough, Mullins is taking heart from the result at Elland Road last season when Pompey battled their way to a late draw.

He recalled: ‘We stayed in the game and we nicked a 3-3 draw in the end.

‘We know we can go there and get a result because anyone can beat anyone in this league.

‘We know that if we can go there and play as we can, we can come back with a win.

‘It’s going to be a hard game but I think we can go there and get a result – we did that last season.

‘It would have been brilliant to go up there with two straight wins but Peterborough nicked it on the break and we have to pick ourselves up again.’