Colchester United 1 Stevenage 1, match reaction: John McGreal gives his verdict

PUBLISHED: 17:29 12 August 2017 | UPDATED: 17:35 12 August 2017

Colchester United boss John McGreal, pictured ahead of the U's 1-1 draw against Stevenage this afternoon. Picture: STEVE WALLER

Colchester United boss John McGreal, pictured ahead of the U's 1-1 draw against Stevenage this afternoon. Picture: STEVE WALLER

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Colchester United boss, John McGreal, was happy with the way his side battled back to earn a 1-1 draw against visiting Stevenage this afternoon.

Mikael Mandron netted a 66th minute equaliser, after Danny Newton had put Boro ahead in the 50th minute.

“Stevenage are a tough team, and they will be there or thereabouts this season, like they were last season,” insisted McGreal.

“But after our first-half performance, I’m happy to come away with a point because I thought the boys were brilliant during the last 30 minutes.

“It was a poor goal (Newton’s opener) to concede, with people knocking off. We looked a little bit leggy.

“But Drey (Wright) then showed terrific composure to set up Mikael (Mandron) for the equaliser.

“Drey did not have the best of games, but he was composed at the key moment, and Mikael put it away well.

“Mikael did not let his early miss, or his penalty miss from the previous game (Aston Villa), get to him. He took his chance well.

“We need to start matches better, but it’s been a tough first week,” added McGreal.

Centre-half Cole Kpekawa went off with concussion early in the second half, while league debutant Kyel Reid picked up an ankle injury late on.

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