Hayden Coulson assesses Nottingham Forest draw and explains absence at Leeds

Middlesbrough defender Hayden Coulson felt his side deserved a point at Nottingham Forest after Paddy McNair’s late penalty secured a 1-1 draw for the Teessiders.

Wednesday, 11th December 2019, 4:45 pm
Updated Thursday, 12th December 2019, 9:37 am
Hayden Coulson has started three of Middlesbrough's last four league games.
Hayden Coulson has started three of Middlesbrough's last four league games.

Coulson, 21, has been one of Boro’s standout performers this season and has taken his opportunity after stepping up to the first team.

The young full-back has impressed going forward this term but had to concentrate on his defensive responsibilities at the City Ground.

“I thought a point was fully deserved,” Coulson told BBC Tees Sport. “After going down it was tough, especially when they were playing out wide they had a few chances but we ground it out and got the point.”

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When asked how his role changed compared to Saturday’s home win over Charlton, Coulson added: “Completely different, different formation playing against them, there was a lot more defending, a lot more graft.

“Not as much going forward but I got up and down there when I could.”

Coulson has also overcome injury setbacks this season and recently missed Boro’s trip to Leeds with a hamstring issue.

The defender says his absence at Elland Road was only precautionary though.

“I had a little hamstring problem but had a scan, got the all clear and everything was fine so it was good to get back into it after that,” said Coulson.

“Last Saturday it was a great game and then following on this one so now we’ll go onto Saturday and try to take all three points there.”

Coulson spent last season on loan at League Two side Cambridge and admitted that even he’s surprised at how far he’s come this season.

“I think I started well in pre-season and the gaffer knows what I’m capable of so I’ve just got to believe in myself and keep doing it,” Coulson added.

“Last season I went out on loan and to be honest it wasn’t a great spell, then the gaffer came in believed in me and I’ve proved him right.

“He makes all the young lads feel comfortable, he said at the start he’ll give everyone an opportunity and if they take it they take it.

“He’s a comfortable manager, you can easily go and speak to him about anything.”