Mullins makes it anniversary to remember!

Goals: Defender Johnny Mullins could have made Millers history
Goals: Defender Johnny Mullins could have made Millers history
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IT’s a occurrence - that’s central defenders scoring twice in a game.

Perhaps Rotherham United defender Johnny Mullins felt it was rather an appropriate time to do so when he bagged a match-winning brace on Saturday.

His daughter, Ava, had celebrated her third birthday the day before and, as he recalled quick as a flash, the last time he’d scored twice in a game was exactly three years ago last weekend.

In other words, when she was born! So, quite an anniversary.

His little niche in Rotherham’s statistical history is that he appears to be the first central defender ever to score two goals for the Millers in an away game.

The last double from a defender came from a right- back, Mark Lynch in August 2008 at Morecambe.

The last central defender to score two in the red and white was Alan Knill, now the Scunthorpe manager, back in 1998.

“It’s a while since I scored anyway, last February at Burton,” said Mullins.

“Funnily enough it was exactly three years ago to the day the last time I got two was which was for Stockport at Yeovil.”

In that game he was playing right-back.

It’s another boost for the defender who suffered a serious knee which curtailed last season at the beginning of April and meant he didn’t get started in this one until late September.

“It is nice to score but the important thing is that we won and that what happened in the first half didn’t ultimately cost us,” he said, a reference to the Millers letting a two goal leadslip before half-time.

“The manager wasn’t happy at half-time and rightly so because, in my opinion, we were coasting at 2-0 up and gave two sloppy goals away which tends to be a feature for us at the minute.

“We came out second half and sorted it out. and I don’t think anyone can grumble. We really stuck to our task.”

He added: “People may ask if my goals inspired me but I’m a defender first and foremost and I want to defend and help keep the ball out of our net.

“I want to be judged on clean sheets and we’ve not been having any and that needs to improve.”

Going into Saturday’s home game with AFC Wimbledon two points from the Play-offs, Mullins reckons the win at Hereford and getting back to winning ways can provide them with a platform to build on and push on.