First Team Squad

Player profile and performance records.

Hayden Mullins (Midfielder)

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Hayden Mullins

Reading
Squad Number: 17
Position: Midfielder
Born: 27th Mar 1979 (Reading)
Signed: 22nd Oct 2003 (£600,000)
Contract: Details unknown
Previous Club: Crystal Palace

Hayden Mullins was signed by Alan Pardew (initially on loan) in October 2003 from Crystal Palace for a fee of £600,000. He could have been forgiven for initially regretting that decision as his former side beat the Hammers in the 03/04 Play-Off Final to reach the Premiership just seven months later.

The perfect example of a 'utility man', Mullins has played all across the back and in the centre of midfield for the Hammers, although he favours the holding midfield role and it is there where he has played his best football for the club.

That failure to hold down a regular position lead to irregular spells on the bench in the promotion season but since reaching the Premiership, Mullins has silenced his doubters with a string of accomplished performances and looks set to continue his partnership with Nigel Reo-Coker in the centre of midfield for the foreseeable future.

 

Hayden Mullins is yet play any matches this season.

Hayden Mullins did not play for West Ham during this season.

Hayden Mullins did not play for West Ham during this season.

Hayden Mullins did not play for West Ham during this season.

Hayden Mullins did not play for West Ham during this season.

Hayden Mullins did not play for West Ham during this season.

Hayden Mullins did not play for West Ham during this season.

Hayden Mullins did not play for West Ham during this season.

Hayden Mullins did not play for West Ham during this season.

Hayden Mullins did not play for West Ham during this season.

Hayden Mullins did not play for West Ham during this season.

Hartlepool United

2-0: Saturday, 24th January

(Replaced Di Michele, 75 mins) Helped to close the game down when he was brought on for Di Michele.

Fulham

3-1: Sunday, 18th January

(replaced Collison, 83) No comments.

Barnsley

3-0: Saturday, 3rd January

Straight out of the book marked “basic Mullins performances”. Including the booking picked up for getting caught wrong side.

Stoke City

2-1: Sunday, 28th December

(replaced Parker, 77) Came in for the tiring Parker and did his usual job.

Stoke City

2-1: Sunday, 28th December

(replaced Parker, 77) Came in for the tiring Parker and did his usual job.

Portsmouth

0-0: Saturday, 15th November

(Replaced Parker, 75) Did his usual defensive shore-up job in the last 15.

Portsmouth

0-0: Saturday, 15th November

(Replaced Parker, 75) Did his usual defensive shore-up job in the last 15.

Everton

1-3: Saturday, 8th November

Did not play.

Everton

1-3: Saturday, 8th November

Did not play.

Middlesbrough

1-1: Saturday, 1st November

Had a fine first half – if you ignore the air-shot that led to the goal. Perhaps guilty of defending too deep after the interval.

Bolton Wanderers

1-3: Sunday, 5th October

Did not play.

Fulham

2-1: Sunday, 28th September

(replaced Etherington, 80) Came in for the last few minutes to bolster things up in the middle. Did so.

Newcastle United

3-1: Saturday, 20th September

(replaced Parker, 72) Performed the same role as Parker to equal effect.

Newcastle United

3-1: Saturday, 20th September

(replaced Parker, 72) Replaced the impressive Parker but slotted in well and even found time to play some decent passes.

West Bromwich Albion

2-3: Saturday, 13th September

Did not play.

Blackburn Rovers

4-1: Saturday, 30th August

(replaced Noble, 81) The rock that Curbishley turns to in times of strife. Once again he did his job.

Blackburn Rovers

4-1: Saturday, 30th August

(replaced Noble, 81) Steady run out that tightened things up in the closing stages.

Macclesfield Town

4-1: Wednesday, 27th August

His passing was limited but he did manage some good long-range shots.

Manchester City

0-3: Sunday, 24th August

(replaced Sears, 46) Replaced Sears to share the second half’s “bringing the ball out of defence before losing it” duties with Parker.

Manchester City

0-3: Sunday, 24th August

(replaced Sears, 46) Kept midfield together well in second half, but defence always likely to ship goals in second half with only one central midfielder on the pitch.

Wigan Athletic

2-1: Saturday, 16th August

(replaced Parker, 73) Didn’t really register in the spell he was on.

Wigan Athletic

2-1: Saturday, 16th August

(replaced Parker, 73) Didn’t really register in the spell he was on.

Wigan Athletic

2-1: Saturday, 16th August

(replaced Parker, 73) Didn’t really register in the spell he was on.

Wigan Athletic

2-1: Saturday, 16th August

(replaced Parker, 73) Excellent when he came on. Competed for everything, got stuck in, everything you could ask of a substitute.

MLS AllStars

2-3: Friday, 25th July

Fairly disappointing performance from a player looking nervously over his shoulder.

Aston Villa

2-2: Saturday, 10th May

Did not play.

Manchester United

1-4: Saturday, 3rd May

The game passed him by really.

Manchester United

1-4: Saturday, 3rd May

Same as above, only worse. Completely outrun by Carrick and Man U midfield, didn't get any grip on midfield at all. Spent most of game covering back for defence, admittedly.

Newcastle United

2-2: Saturday, 26th April

Did not play.

Newcastle United

2-2: Saturday, 26th April

Did not play.

Derby County

2-1: Saturday, 19th April

Did not play.

Portsmouth

0-1: Tuesday, 8th April

Also poor. Lost possession too much and won little in midfield.

Sunderland

1-2: Saturday, 29th March

Another one who worked very hard but occasionally let himself down with his distribution.

Everton

1-1: Saturday, 22nd March

Worked hard to frustrate Everton sitting in front of the back four.

Blackburn Rovers

2-1: Monday, 17th March

Hard to call between him and Parker, but Parker just edges it for the attacking threat he posed. Mullins was far from anonymous though, and good to see he's got over his fear of shooting from the edge of the box.

Blackburn Rovers

2-1: Monday, 17th March

Steady enough. One nice through ball late on.

Tottenham Hotspur

0-4: Monday, 10th March

Stuck to it as much as possible but then undid any good work by cching the defensive malaise for the third goal.

Chelsea

0-4: Saturday, 1st March

Disappeared completely in that first half spell.

Fulham

1-0: Saturday, 23rd February

Did the usual Mullins thing but his distribution wasn’t the best today and he got caught out of position a few times.

Birmingham City

1-1: Saturday, 9th February

Did the foot in stuff as usual.

Birmingham City

1-1: Saturday, 9th February

Did the foot in stuff as usual.

Wigan Athletic

1-0: Saturday, 2nd February

Apparently the stats before this match gave him a completed pass rate of over 94%. I shudder to think what the stats are after, which just goes to show: 1) how bad the pitch was, 2) that Mullins was not at his best and 3) stats like this are a load of rubbish.

Manchester City

0-1: Wednesday, 16th January

Did not play.

Fulham

2-1: Saturday, 12th January

Some good Mullins-esque interceptions but his passing was a bit off-target today.

Manchester City

0-0: Saturday, 5th January

He won't win you a game, but he helped to ensure the midfield battle was closely fought.

Manchester City

0-0: Saturday, 5th January

Usual steady performance but was a bit wayward with a couple of passes.

Arsenal

0-2: Tuesday, 1st January

Did his usual job but tended to drop too deep for my liking.

Manchester United

2-1: Saturday, 29th December

I lost count of the number of times he got a vital foot in to stop a through ball. Ought to have scored though.

Manchester United

2-1: Saturday, 29th December

I lost count of the number of times he got a vital foot in to stop a through ball. Ought to have scored though.

Manchester United

2-1: Saturday, 29th December

He should have scored early on, but his game was more about harrying the opposition into mistakes.

Reading

1-1: Wednesday, 26th December

He doesn't tend to have bad games so much- it's just that at home, when the onus is attack, he struggles to live up to expectations.

Everton

0-2: Saturday, 15th December

Did all the quiet donkey work in the middle as is his wont.

Everton

0-2: Saturday, 15th December

Gave away both the ball and free kicks too often.

Chelsea

0-1: Saturday, 1st December

Another good one. Like Gabbidon, this was the sort of thing we were seeing him do two seasons ago.

Tottenham Hotspur

1-1: Saturday, 24th November

Another who got in some decent challenges in the middle. The unsung hero type stuff.

Bolton Wanderers

1-1: Sunday, 4th November

Some sloppy passing before he was scythed down towards the end of the first half, resulting in his substitution.

Coventry City

2-1: Tuesday, 30th October

Had an okay first half before being substituted at the break.

Aston Villa

0-1: Saturday, 6th October

Did everything that was required of him, but you do feel that we would have got more out of the game with Noble on from the start.

Aston Villa

0-1: Saturday, 6th October

Brought in for his experience, a decent effort.

Arsenal

0-1: Friday, 28th September

(replaced Parker, 45) The midfield had more shape once he was on.

Middlesbrough

3-0: Saturday, 15th September

Much-maligned in certain quarters for me he was the pick of the midfield today. Got his foot in and, as the game progressed, his distribution was excellent – particularly out to the left.

Reading

3-0: Saturday, 1st September

In the absence of Parker and Dyer, he’s been given a chance to make his mark. A bustling display suggests he’s getting back to his best.

Reading

3-0: Saturday, 1st September

Another one of those unsung hero performances that, whilst they don’t catch the eye, are so important for the side.

Reading

3-0: Saturday, 1st September

Another one of those unsung hero performances that, whilst they don’t catch the eye, are so important for the side.

Bristol Rovers

2-1: Tuesday, 28th August

A typical Mullins effort; passed the ball wall and made several vital interceptions.

Wigan Athletic

1-1: Saturday, 25th August

The usual water carrier performance that goes unnoticed. Sacrificed in the pursuit of a more attacking formation.

Wigan Athletic

1-1: Saturday, 25th August

The usual water carrier performance that goes unnoticed. Sacrificed in the pursuit of a more attacking formation.

Wigan Athletic

1-1: Saturday, 25th August

Does what he does ok, but nothing more than that.

Birmingham City

1-0: Saturday, 18th August

Solid and unspectacular. Got his foot in and laid it off.

Birmingham City

1-0: Saturday, 18th August

Solid and unspectacular. Got his foot in and laid it off.

Manchester City

0-2: Saturday, 11th August

(Replaced Bowyer, 45) An improvement on Bowyer anyway.

Manchester City

0-2: Saturday, 11th August

(Replaced Bowyer, 45) A vast improvement on Bowyer but no more than that. Average.

Manchester City

0-2: Saturday, 11th August

(Replaced Bowyer, 45) An improvement on Bowyer anyway.

Manchester United

1-0: Sunday, 13th May

(Replaced Tevez, 82) Not really on for long enough to make much of a difference.

Manchester United

1-0: Sunday, 13th May

(Replaced Tevez, 82) Not really on for long enough to make much of a difference.

Bolton Wanderers

3-1: Saturday, 5th May

(Replaced Reo-Coker, 86) Another solid if unremarkable few minutes.

Bolton Wanderers

3-1: Saturday, 5th May

(Replaced Reo-Coker, 86) Another solid if unremarkable few minutes.

Wigan Athletic

3-0: Saturday, 28th April

(Replaced Reo-Coker, 84) No comment.

Wigan Athletic

3-0: Saturday, 28th April

(Replaced Reo-Coker, 84) No comment.

Everton

1-0: Saturday, 21st April

Did not play.

Everton

1-0: Saturday, 21st April

Did not play.

Arsenal

1-0: Saturday, 7th April

Did not play.

Arsenal

1-0: Saturday, 7th April

Did not play.

Middlesbrough

2-0: Saturday, 31st March

(Replaced Reo-Coker, 66) Provided defensive steel in midfield.

Middlesbrough

2-0: Saturday, 31st March

(Replaced Reo-Coker, 66) Sat deep for the final 20 minutes to protect the two goal cushion.

Blackburn Rovers

2-1: Saturday, 17th March

(Replaced Noble, 45) A good substitution by Caurbishley that ultimately paid dividends. Offered far more than Noble had previously.

Blackburn Rovers

2-1: Saturday, 17th March

(Replaced Noble, 45) A good substitution by Caurbishley that ultimately paid dividends. Offered far more than Noble had previously.

Charlton Athletic

0-4: Saturday, 24th February

I wasn’t convinced that it would work with him and Quashie in the same side. I was right.

Aston Villa

0-1: Saturday, 3rd February

Did not play.

Liverpool

1-2: Tuesday, 30th January

Did not play.

Liverpool

1-2: Tuesday, 30th January

Did not play.

Watford

0-1: Saturday, 27th January

Did not play.

Watford

0-1: Saturday, 27th January

Did not play.

Newcastle United

2-2: Saturday, 20th January

Did not play.

Newcastle United

2-2: Saturday, 20th January

Did not play.

Fulham

3-3: Saturday, 13th January

Did not play.

Fulham

3-3: Saturday, 13th January

Did not play.

Fulham

3-3: Saturday, 13th January

Did not play.

Brighton & Hove Albion

3-0: Saturday, 6th January

Quiet and unassuming by default, his goal showed a great attacking prowess from the normally defensive player.

Brighton & Hove Albion

3-0: Saturday, 6th January

Did the “Mullins role” well and got forward well at the end for a nice glanced-header of a goal.

Portsmouth

1-2: Tuesday, 26th December

Where has his form gone? His passing was atrocious and he failed to get to grips with their midfield.

Fulham

0-0: Saturday, 23rd December

Guilty of dwelling on the ball a bit too much today. A couple of good clearances at the end though.

Manchester United

1-0: Sunday, 17th December

Not 100% but still got stuck in and wasn’t overawed by the (so-called) illustrious opposition.

Everton

0-2: Sunday, 3rd December

Quiet, but nowhere as bad as other team-mates.

Everton

0-2: Sunday, 3rd December

Solid first half, marred by poor second- he gave the ball away too much and Osman was left free to score.

Sheffield United

1-0: Saturday, 25th November

Another excellent performance capped with a deserved goal. harshly booked.

Sheffield United

1-0: Saturday, 25th November

Another excellent performance capped with a deserved goal. harshly booked.

Chelsea

0-1: Saturday, 18th November

Mullins did what he is asked to do. Yes – he may not create much, but that isn’t his job.

Chelsea

0-1: Saturday, 18th November

Not overawed by the opposition and not afraid to dish out a spot of revenge when the law enforcement task proved to be beyond Dean.

Chelsea

0-1: Saturday, 18th November

Worked extremely hard and made his fair share of tackles.

Chelsea

0-1: Saturday, 18th November

A decent defensive display but the onus to create fell upon him too much- and ultimately proved beyond him.

Arsenal

1-0: Monday, 6th November

Hayden played a big role in last weekend's win over Blackburn, and his performance today was just as effective. He sat in front of the back four today picking up anything that came his way. Had one great chance to score but he dragged his shot wide of the left-hand post.

Arsenal

1-0: Monday, 6th November

Reasonably anonymous although he made several vital tackles and interceptions. His late goal proved to be the winner; full marks for persistence and determination.

Blackburn Rovers

2-1: Sunday, 29th October

Reasonably anonymous although he made several vital tackles and interceptions. His late goal proved to be the winner; full marks for persistence and determination.

Chesterfield

1-2: Tuesday, 24th October

Very quiet, very ineffective.

Chesterfield

1-2: Tuesday, 24th October

Failed to impose himself against a side that he should have been comfortable against.

Tottenham Hotspur

0-1: Sunday, 22nd October

Mullins playing as Mullins. Quiet but effective, as per.

Tottenham Hotspur

0-1: Sunday, 22nd October

Solid enough but still lacks quality in distribution.

Portsmouth

0-2: Sunday, 15th October

Did his usual solid thing in the middle and was another who might have scored.

Portsmouth

0-2: Sunday, 15th October

One of the better players in claret and blue.

Reading

0-1: Sunday, 1st October

Mullins doing what Mullins does best.

Reading

0-1: Sunday, 1st October

Back in the side in place of Javi Mascherano the former Palace man put in a decent performance, winning plenty of ball and showing the kind of urgency that Mascherano is perhaps yet to indicate he has come to terms with.

Manchester City

0-2: Saturday, 23rd September

(Replaced Ferdinand, 22) Average in a disliked position.

Manchester City

0-2: Saturday, 23rd September

(Replaced Ferdinand, 22) We know he's not a right back and it was sad to see him there.

Manchester City

0-2: Saturday, 23rd September

(Replaced Ferdinand, 22) We know he's not a right back and it was sad to see him there.

Newcastle United

0-2: Sunday, 17th September

(Replaced Mears, 67) Forced into an unfamiliar right-back role he did ok. Unique amongst those who took part in the match in that Parker actually got booked when he kicked him.

Newcastle United

0-2: Sunday, 17th September

(Replaced Mears, 67) Good to see Hayden play again. I want to see him start, even if it means to defensive players in the centre of the park.

Newcastle United

0-2: Sunday, 17th September

(Replaced Mears, 67) Many would shiver at the thought of Mullins playing at right-back again. But to be fair, he didn't really put a foot wrong today.

Newcastle United

0-2: Sunday, 17th September

(Replaced Mears, 67) I feel sorry for him. He is a far better footballer right now than the captain and has done nothing deserving of a place on the bench. Ok, Mascherano is obviously a better player. Doesn’t mean they can’t play together.

Palermo

0-1: Thursday, 14th September

Did not play.

Palermo

0-1: Thursday, 14th September

Did not play.

Palermo

0-1: Thursday, 14th September

Did not play.

Aston Villa

1-1: Sunday, 10th September

Fired up, determined and did what Hayden Mullins does best.

Aston Villa

1-1: Sunday, 10th September

Normal game is win the ball lay it off. Today it was win the ball. Lose it. Passing none too great either.

Liverpool

1-2: Saturday, 26th August

Not afraid to get stuck in, regardless of the strength of the Liverpudlian midfield.

Liverpool

1-2: Saturday, 26th August

Did hid protective role as usual in his normal unassuming style – though I’d have loved him to have launched Garcia into row Z if only to teach the cheat just what it feels like when contact is made!

Watford

1-1: Tuesday, 22nd August

Got his foot in well when the ball was on the ground but the pressing game of the home side saw him rush many of his passes.

Watford

1-1: Tuesday, 22nd August

Given little time and space on the ball, Mullins had a tough night as part of a three-man midfield. His distribution was poor at times and he struggled to impose himself on the game.

Watford

1-1: Tuesday, 22nd August

Given little time and space on the ball, Mullins had a tough night as part of a three-man midfield. His distribution was poor at times and he struggled to impose himself on the game.

Charlton Athletic

3-1: Saturday, 19th August

Did his job quietly but impressively. Passing was good too.

Charlton Athletic

3-1: Saturday, 19th August

Did his usual quietly effective job. Win the ball, lay it off. Doesn’t stand out but performed an important role nevertheless.

Charlton Athletic

3-1: Saturday, 19th August

Another great effort in the hole. He also cropped up in vital positions further forward, such as when his interception began the move which led to the first goal.

Olympiakos

1-1: Saturday, 12th August

Many talk about replacing him, not many will perform better.

Liverpool

1-2: Wednesday, 26th April

Wasn't his best game; devastated to be red carded (as was I).

Middlesbrough

1-0: Sunday, 23rd April

Defended the space in front of the back four with his usual diligence.

Middlesbrough

1-0: Sunday, 23rd April

Defended the space in front of the back four with his usual diligence.

Manchester City

1-0: Saturday, 15th April

We got half a performance from Hayden today. Whilst he got his foot in well the usual lay off wasn’t there and he was occasionally guilty of dallying on the ball.

Manchester City

1-0: Saturday, 15th April

Excellent first half, faded a little in the second but played well.

Manchester City

1-0: Saturday, 15th April

Excellent first half, faded a little in the second but played well.

Chelsea

1-4: Sunday, 9th April

Another who was a bit panicky – got stuck in well but treated the ball as if it were radioactive.

Chelsea

1-4: Sunday, 9th April

Another who struggled; rarely involved.

Charlton Athletic

0-0: Sunday, 2nd April

Consistently did what he does – got his foot in, won the ball and laid it off.

Manchester United

0-1: Wednesday, 29th March

Comments to follow.

Wigan Athletic

2-1: Saturday, 25th March

Comments to follow.

Manchester City

2-1: Monday, 20th March

Another strong effort from a man rapidly becoming one of the most vital cogs in West Ham's wheel.

Bolton Wanderers

2-1: Wednesday, 15th March

Dedication/application/commitment he has the lot... in droves.

Bolton Wanderers

2-1: Wednesday, 15th March

Top-notch effort protecting the back four. Some excellent distribution to boot.

Bolton Wanderers

1-4: Saturday, 11th March

Very quiet. Didn’t do much and the game does seem to have passed him by recently. Got more involved in the second-half with a few timely tackles, a bit of hustle causing turnovers and a few attempts on goal. However, really didn’t make much of an impact in stopping the rampaging Bolton midfield, especially in the last 15 minutes of the first-half. The fact the game passes him by is probably mainly due to the fact that we don’t seem to play through the middle much anymore.

Everton

2-2: Saturday, 4th March

Did the ball-winning thing fairly well though again distribution wasn’t the greatest.

Everton

2-2: Saturday, 4th March

Get in there Muggins!

Bolton Wanderers

0-0: Saturday, 18th February

Muscled out of the game by Bolton's big lads and definitely came off second best on a number of occasions. Still, we can allow the odd average performance after the season he's had so far.

Birmingham City

3-0: Monday, 13th February

A good half despite being treated as a punchbag every time he went up for a header. Might have scored before going off injured during the interval.

Birmingham City

3-0: Monday, 13th February

Another solid performance despite being withdrawn at the break after suffering sore ribs after a first half challenge. One or two sublime passes were his main points of note.

Sunderland

2-0: Saturday, 4th February

The usual solid performance. Probably single-handedly responsible for breaking up what few breaks that Sunderland were able to muster.

Sunderland

2-0: Saturday, 4th February

The usual solid performance. Probably single-handedly responsible for breaking up what few breaks that Sunderland were able to muster.

Arsenal

3-2: Wednesday, 1st February

One of our most reliable - if unsung - players this season. Did a job and did it well.

Blackburn Rovers

4-2: Saturday, 28th January

A typical Mullins performance. Came in. got his foot in, laid it off. Time and time again. Unfortunate to see Friedel save his early shot and his interception led to the fourth.

Blackburn Rovers

4-2: Saturday, 28th January

A typical Mullins performance. Came in. got his foot in, laid it off. Time and time again. Unfortunate to see Friedel save his early shot and his interception led to the fourth.

Fulham

2-1: Monday, 23rd January

Similar to NRC in performance though he possibly had a slightly better second half.

Aston Villa

2-1: Saturday, 14th January

Another good battling performance in the middle. After his goal against Norwich he seems to have got the taste for goals as well – one goal-bound effort was blocked in the first half whilst his second-half effort resulted in the penalty.

Aston Villa

2-1: Saturday, 14th January

Comments to follow.

Norwich City

2-1: Saturday, 7th January

Comments to follow.

Chelsea

1-3: Monday, 2nd January

Comments to follow.

Charlton Athletic

0-2: Saturday, 31st December

Comments to follow.

Wigan Athletic

0-2: Saturday, 31st December

Comments to follow.

Portsmouth

1-1: Monday, 26th December

Didn't really get started. Then he stopped.

Newcastle United

2-4: Saturday, 17th December

A fine performance in the middle. Dreadfully unlucky to see his shot come back off the post.

Everton

2-1: Wednesday, 14th December

Comments to follow.

Blackburn Rovers

2-3: Saturday, 10th December

Comments to follow.

Birmingham City

2-1: Monday, 5th December

Comments to follow.

Manchester United

1-2: Sunday, 27th November

Struggled to get into the game against a very efficient Red midfield. Given little time to settle on the ball.

Tottenham Hotspur

1-1: Sunday, 20th November

Excellent stuff and was a mite unlucky not to get his name on the scoresheet with his early effort went wide. Quietly effective for most of the match, he is almost becoming something of an unsung hero.

Tottenham Hotspur

1-1: Sunday, 20th November

Excellent stuff and was a mite unlucky not to get his name on the scoresheet with his early effort went wide. Quietly effective for most of the match, he is almost becoming something of an unsung hero.

West Bromwich Albion

1-0: Saturday, 5th November

Ran his legs off and performed that breaking up role in the middle superbly.

West Bromwich Albion

1-0: Saturday, 5th November

Ran his legs off and performed that breaking up role in the middle superbly.

Liverpool

0-2: Monday, 31st October

Worked hard and was at hand to break up several Liverpool attacks. Getting used to this Premiership lark.

Liverpool

0-2: Monday, 31st October

Worked hard and was at hand to break up several Liverpool attacks. Getting used to this Premiership lark.

Bolton Wanderers

0-1: Wednesday, 26th October

Did okay. Wasn’t expecting much given some of the views I’d heard but won a lot of tackles, even after a couple of attempts, showing that he’s not a quitter.

Middlesbrough

2-1: Sunday, 23rd October

A couple of half chances and did the usual tidy job in the middle that we’ve come to expect from him this season, though another side might have punished his occasional tendency to dwell on the ball.

Middlesbrough

2-1: Sunday, 23rd October

Cool, calm and collected. The most relaxed player on the pitch.

Manchester City

1-2: Sunday, 16th October

Although he has undoubtedly begun the season well he still has a worrying tendency to dwell on the ball when he has won it. This is something that he needs to work on as when he gets caught the results can be disastrous – as with the second goal in this match.

Manchester City

1-2: Sunday, 16th October

Not really at the races and definitely not comfortable being put under pressure in his own half. Dallied on a clearance which led to City's second goal.

Sunderland

1-1: Saturday, 1st October

Got a few tackles in but, by his recent standards, he was fairly subdued.

Sunderland

1-1: Saturday, 1st October

Largely anonymous without any glaring errors but his partnership with Reo-Coker came a firm second best to that of Miller and Whitehead.

Sunderland

1-1: Saturday, 1st October

Anonymous, in a word. Rarely involved in either attack or defence, this was one of those games that seemed to pass Hayden by. His distribution was okay, but nothing special.

Arsenal

0-0: Saturday, 24th September

Worked hard to nullify the threat from Flamini and Gilberto - and did so effectively. The only criticism of Mullins would be his passing (although in fairness he pulled off one or two fabulous 50-yard deliveries).

Arsenal

0-0: Saturday, 24th September

Continued with another installment in an almost complete reinvention of himself since our promotion. Solid, if unspectacular, Mullins was faultless in a crucial area of the pitch against quality opposition.

Arsenal

0-0: Saturday, 24th September

Recovered from an early tendency to dwell on the ball getting caught in possession to put in another fine effort.

Arsenal

0-0: Saturday, 24th September

Worked hard to nullify the threat from Flamini and Gilberto - and did so effectively. The only criticism of Mullins would be his passing (although in fairness he pulled off one or two fabulous 50-yard deliveries).

Sheffield Wednesday

4-2: Tuesday, 20th September

Did not play.

Fulham

2-1: Saturday, 17th September

His strong start continues. Some fine long passes out to the wings were on display today.

Fulham

2-1: Saturday, 17th September

Anothre good game for Mullins, who to many has proved the surprise package this season. He also foundtime to show off his array of passes, pinging 50 yards balls to the front men a la Beckham against Northern Ireland in that ill-fated match last week.

Aston Villa

4-0: Monday, 12th September

Has a lot of detractors, possibly because the job that he does is not one that immediately catches the eye. However he got through a prodigious amount of work and when one watches the flair of those such as Yossi one should remember the efforts of those like Mullins who allow them to perform.

Bolton Wanderers

1-2: Saturday, 27th August

Got his foot in well, had one goalbound shot blocked and won the penalty. On the debit side his shocking ball led directly to the second goal.

Bolton Wanderers

1-2: Saturday, 27th August

Got his foot in well, had one goalbound shot blocked and won the penalty. On the debit side his shocking ball led directly to the second goal.

Newcastle United

0-0: Saturday, 20th August

Unlike last week when he took a little while to adjust to the pace of the game, he ran the show from the start. Just edged NRC for MOTM in my opinion.

Newcastle United

0-0: Saturday, 20th August

A huge performance in front of the back four. Another who was oft-criticised last season sticking two fingers up to his critics. More of the same please.

Blackburn Rovers

3-1: Saturday, 13th August

After a shaky start where he got caught in possession a little too much for my liking, he knuckled down to provide what turned to be a excellent performance in the middle.

Blackburn Rovers

3-1: Saturday, 13th August

After a shaky start where he got caught in possession a little too much for my liking, he knuckled down to provide what turned to be a excellent performance in the middle.

Blackburn Rovers

3-1: Saturday, 13th August

After a shaky start where he got caught in possession a little too much for my liking, he knuckled down to provide what turned to be a excellent performance in the middle.
Hayden Mullins did not play for West Ham during this season.

Hayden Mullins did not play for West Ham during this season.

Hayden Mullins did not play for West Ham during this season.

Hayden Mullins did not play for West Ham during this season.

Hayden Mullins did not play for West Ham during this season.