IN a manner typical of the way he plays, Rotherham United defender Johnny Mullins was forthright, honest and didn’t duck out when he assessed the effects of the weekend’s shock scoreline from Port Vale.
“There’s no hiding away from the fact that it wasn’t good enough,” said Mullins. “Defensively we were all at sea and there were errors all over the place.
“We were shell-shocked and the feeling afterwards was a massive difference to the week before (after the Bradford City game) when we were buzzing
“We’ll have to store this feeling because you don’t want to experience it again.
“How much lower can you get than a 6-2 defeat for a club of our stature at this level?” he asked.
He said there’d been “a long, old chat” in the dressing room afterwards.
“I don’t think there was any complacency - we’d had a wake-up call with the defeat by York in midweek,” he said.
“Obviously, we thought we were better than we were, but Port Vale are a good side and showed it. But it simply wasn’t good enough, there’s no hiding that fact. If you take your foot off the pedal, you get punished.”
Mullins said they now had to draw a line under it.
“We have to prove we are better than that and the only way to address it is Saturday (at home to Torquay),” he added.
“It will take a lot of hard work this week, people showing they want to be in the team, and we have to come out fighting.
“It’s been one hell of a kick up the backside.”