PAUL Mullin admits his Swindon Town debut could not have gone much better after bagging the winning goal in Saturday’s 2-1 win away at Carlisle United.

Mullin marked his first competitive outing in a Town shirt since a summer move from Morecambe with their crucial second goal early in the second half at Brunton Park to set the team on their way to three points at the start of the new League Two season.

The 22-year-old was thrilled to open his account for his new club after pouncing in the box when Carlisle keeper Jack Bonham could not hold John Goddard’s fizzing drive.

“It is magnificent to get off the mark early doors. When you come to a club, you always want to score on your debut and thankfully, I have been able to do that,” said Mullin.

“Before the game, we worked on how to get in and how to create chances against them and in the first half, we were magnificent as a team.

“We didn’t concede any chances and we caused them a lot of problems.”

Mullin’s strike followed up the first-half opener from strike partner Luke Norris, with the goals not too dissimilar as they both came from forwards throwing themselves at loose balls in the box.

Unlike his new colleague, Norris was unable to savour his celebrations as he suffered a dislocated shoulder in the act of scoring, a commitment level that shows Town’s desire under new manager David Flitcroft.

Mullin said: “I am gutted for Luke, it was a great goal. We’d started the game well and so had he. Hopefully he can have a speedy recovery and get back on the pitch as soon as he can.

“If we want to gain promotion, which is the total aim, you have got to put your body on the line and run through brick walls for each other and today, we’ve shown the fans that we are willing to do that.

“The tackles, the headers and the blocks we got in during the last few minutes, people playing with knocks, but that’s what we are going to need to do if we want to gain promotion.”

As well as his team-mates, Mullin also saved praise for Town’s travelling supporters, with just over 550 inside Brunton Park.

“It was magnificent support considering how far it is,” said Mullin.

“On Friday, it look us over six hours to get here, so for the fans to do it on the day of the game is magnificent and it really helped us on our way.”