Colchester United 2 Mansfield Town 0: ‘I want to keep it going’ – Mikael Mandron
PUBLISHED: 16:06 08 October 2017 | UPDATED: 16:43 08 October 2017
© Copyright Stephen Waller
Mikael Mandron is so grateful for the faith that manager John McGreal has shown in him, following the sweetest of headed goals in Saturday’s 2-0 home win over Mansfield.
Colchester United’s young centre forward glanced home Sean Murray’s sublime cross to put the U’s 2-0 up, and on their way to a fourth league win of the campaign.
Murray had tucked home a low 20-yard drive, from Kyel Reid’s short free-kick, to put McGreal’s men on track in the 29th minute, and it was Mandron who reinforced the U’s dominance with his third goal of the season, just five minutes later.
Mandron has started 11 of the U’s 12 league games, since his summer switch from Wigan Athletic. The only one he missed was the 2-1 home defeat to Wycombe, when he was serving a one-match suspension for a red card at Cheltenham.
Otherwise, Mandron has been a permanent fixture in the U’s starting line-up.
“The gaffer has always had a whole lot of confidence in me,” enthused Mandron. “He always plays me and I am very grateful for that. It feels good to have the coach’s confidence in me. He always backs me, and it feels good,
“I just want to keep it going, and keep getting better
“I obviously try and do everything I can for the team, until the very last minute,” added Mandron.
The 22-year-old never quite made the grade at his first club Sunderland, or at Wigan during the second half of last season, but he feels at home at Colchester.
Mandron continued: “I’ve now got three goals, but I want more. I always want more.
“Every game I always try my hardest, and I know with games and wins like this, and goals like this, it’s always going to help to get the fans behind me.
“It’s never easy. As a striker, you always have loads of responsibilities.
“But we are getting stronger and stronger as a team, and I’m getting better as well,” added Mandron.
The U’s are up to 15th in the League Two table, and they have another home game to look forward to next Saturday, against Carlisle. They also end the month on home turf, against Crewe.
Mandron continued: “It’s a big month for the club. For home games, you always expect a very good performance and a win.
“We have another home game next weekend, so we’ll be looking to get three points again.”