'I am here to play' - U's striker Mandron
PUBLISHED: 06:00 11 December 2018
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Mikael Mandron bagged 10 goals last season, but it took him four months and 22 appearances to break his duck this term.
However, in Mandron’s defence, he has spent virtually the whole of the campaign on the substitutes’ bench, until the last couple of weeks.
And Mandron’s sweet left-footed strike, on 29 minutes, was enough to sink bottom club Macclesfield Town 1-0 last Saturday, cementing Colchester United’s position in the League Two automatic promotion zone, in third slot.
“It feels great to be back among the goals,” insisted Mandron.
“It’s been a long time in coming, although I work hard in training every day, and this is why.
“It was a nice goal. I wasn’t sure if it was quite outside the box. It was a good strike, I caught it quite well with my left foot, which is my best foot. I felt confident and I’m glad it went in the back of the net.
“I didn’t think it was a goal, straight away, because there were bodies in the way. I don’t usually scored from outside the penalty area.
“We had loads of chances in the first half-an-hour, and to be fair it’s like that most games with lots of chances early on in the game, and this game went the same way.
“We only managed to score the once, but it was enough.
“It can be difficult coming off the bench in games, but you just have to do what you can at times.
“The team has done really well when I wasn’t playing. But I’m happy to be back in team now, helping out.
“Since I’ve been back in the team I believe I have been doing really well, and as a team you want all your players to be on form, especially the strikers.
“You never want to be on the bench. I am here to play and I believe I can be playing. But I’m a team player.”
The U’s have won seven of their last 11 games, and kept five clean-sheets in their last eight outings.
“Saturday was another 1-0 win, another one,” continued Mandron.
“We were strong enough to keep Macclesfield at bay, because the opposition are always going to have spells in games.”
The U’s now have two tough away games leading up to Christmas. They face a long trek to Cumbria to take on Carlisle United this Saturday, before travelling to league leaders MK Dons on Saturday week.