ACCRINGTON boss John Coleman has slammed people who are criticising star striker Paul Mullin.
The hitman has been with the club seven years and has progressed through the ranks from the UniBond League into the Football League.
He reached double figures for league goals with his equaliser in Saturday's 2-2 draw with Lincoln.
Coleman was upset that anyone would call the 32-year-old who is set to become a record breaker for the Reds with the most ever appearances in nine games time.
"Paul has his detractors and, for me, I don't know how people can criticise Paul Mullin," said Coleman.
"Anyone who criticises his attitude, endeavour or ability doesn't know much about football.
"I know they pay their money and are entitled to their opinion but I would prefer it if they kept that to themselves.
"I think we are the envy of everyone in the Football League who would love Paul to lead their line, which is why I am scratching my head when I hear he has detractors."
Coleman says his top scorer has now got used to being closely marshalled by League Two defenders
"He is a battering ram and gets his fair bit of stick from defenders, and not the protection from the referee we feel he should have, but he is used to that now," said Coleman.
"He hasn't had many chances to score in the last month but, in the last two games, has taken two out of three and that's not a bad ratio."
And Coleman is still on the search for the best front partner for Mullin. So far Rommy Boco is getting the nod but six others have had a go at linking up with Mullin up front.
"Rommy is a striker/midfielder and we want him to chip in with a few more goals and perhaps be a bit more attack minded," said Coleman.
"He is capable of it and has the ability.
"Mangy (Andy Mangan) has showed in flashes what he can do and he is a handful when he comes on.
"Leighton McGivern should only be three or four weeks away now after his broken ankle and he should be pushing for the end of the season."