Colchester United 1 Stevenage 1: Carl Marston’s talking points

PUBLISHED: 17:48 12 August 2017 | UPDATED: 17:54 12 August 2017

Danny Newton celebrates after scoring to give Stevenage a 1-0 lead, but the U's rallied to earn a 1-1 draw this afternoon. Picture: STEVE WALLER

Danny Newton celebrates after scoring to give Stevenage a 1-0 lead, but the U's rallied to earn a 1-1 draw this afternoon. Picture: STEVE WALLER

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Here are some talking points from Colchester United’s 1-1 home draw against Stevenage this afternoon,

IN A NUTSHELL

Mikael Mandron scored his first goal for Colchester United as the U’s picked up their first point of the season, with a home draw against Stevenage this afternoon.

Danny Newton put Boro ahead in the 50th minute, only for Mandron to oblige with a 66th minute equaliser.

POOR QUALITY

There was not much quality on show, from either side.

The first half was instantly forgettable, with the exception of Ryan Jackson’s 44th minute thunderbolt which forced a great save out of keeper Joe Fryer.

At least it improved after the break, and the U’s finished the game strongly.

POSITIVES

It was great to see Tom Eastman back in the starting line-up so soon after damaging his ankle and taking a hefty knock to the leg at Accrington the previous weekend.

Eastman missed the midweek defeat to Aston Villa, but came through the full 90 minutes this afternoon on the right-hand side of a three-man defence.

Eastman’s value in the team is immense, for his experience alone.

Meanwhile, Mikael Mandron’s first goal for the club should do wonders for his confidence.

The U’s second-half performance also gave reason for some good cheer.

- John McGreal’s post-match reaction

NEGATIVES

The U’s have failed to get into top gear during the early stages of any of their three matches to date.

They certainly need to improve on these sluggish starts.

McGreal’s men also picked up two more injuries, with Cole Kpekawa suffering concussion early in the second half, and Kyel Reid sustaining a late ankle problem.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Ryan Jackson was the U’s best performer, over the full 90 minutes.

Mandron pushed him close with a goal-scoring home league debut. He gave defenders something to think about.

Squads

COLCHESTER: Walker, Eastman, Kent, Kpewaka (sub Kinsella, 48), Jackson, Lapslie, Murray (sub Slater, 76), Reid (sub Loft, 78), Szmodics, Wright, Mandron. Unused subs: Gilmartin, Kinsella, Johnstone, Vincent-Young, Slater, James.

STEVENAGE: Fryer, Henry, Franks, Wilkinson, Martin, Sminth, Whelpdale (sub Samuel, 46), Gorman, Newton, Beautyman (sub Pett, 87), Gooden (sub Kennedy, 61). Unused subs: Day, Conlon, Van Cooten, McKee.

Referee: Antony Coggins

Attendance: 3,330 (348 away fans)

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