Pompey midfielder fires warning to Foxes

Hayden Mullins congratulates David Nugent on a goal last season. Picture: Allan Hutchings (103842-884)
Hayden Mullins congratulates David Nugent on a goal last season. Picture: Allan Hutchings (103842-884)
Brett Pitman celebrates his second goal at Oldham. Picture: Joe Pepler

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Hayden Mullins has warned stuttering Leicester: The pressure is on you.

Mullins turned up the heat on the Foxes ahead of Pompey’s trip to the King Power Stadium tomorrow.

And the Blues midfielder has targeted silencing David Nugent as the key to stopping Nigel Pearson’s men.

Big expectations have been placed on Pearson after he succeeded Sven-Goran Eriksson as Leicester boss.

Promotion is being demanded by the club’s owners but the team are winless in four games and sit in 12th place in the table going into the clash.

Pompey also have memories of last season’s win on their opponent’s patch to give them confidence going into the game.

Nugent got the winner in March but will be the man Pompey now have to stop after switching clubs in the summer.

Mullins highlighted that as a key factor to pulling off another away day success in the midlands.

He said: ‘There will be a lot of pressure on Leicester going into the game.

‘They have spent a lot of money and there is a lot of expectancy on them. We’ll go there, be hard to beat, hard to play against and compact.

‘We keep the ball well. I think we can frustrate them at times as well.

‘It’s a game we can win.

‘Nuge’s still laughing and joking as always.

‘He scored a good goal against us last time.

‘To be fair, he didn’t celebrate and rub the fans’ noses in it.

‘He’s a good guy but he’s against us now. We know we have to stop him.’

Pompey laid down the ambition of making the play-offs at the start of the season.

The reality has been very different, however, with more upheaval and off-field problems hindering the team’s progress.

Mullins pointed to the topsy-turvy nature of the Championship as cause for optimism heading into 2012, however.

And he feels the progress being made by boss Michael Appleton is another reason to be upbeat.

He said: ‘We were very solid and compact and could have taken something from the game at Millwall.

‘I’m sure we will go to Leicester and give them a tough test, though.

‘We look harder to beat and look a lot more solid.

‘If we keep playing as we are playing I’m sure we’ll win a lot more games.

‘We were aiming for the play-offs and that is still everyone’s aim.

‘Obviously, that’s not going to plan at the moment.

‘We’ll keep going and we’ll keep on believing, though.

‘Three points against Millwall and a few results going our way could have pushed up a few places.

‘That’s the difference in this league – you can move a lot of places in a short period.’