‘It could prove a crucial point,’ – U’s marksman Mandron

Mikael Mandron, left, celebrates with Sammie Szmodics after the latter scored an early goal against

Mikael Mandron, left, celebrates with Sammie Szmodics after the latter scored an early goal against Notts County. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Even though Colchester United failed to beat Notts County, the Football League’s basement dwellers, following a 3-3 draw on Saturday, striker Mikael Mandron believes that it could yet prove a “massive point” by the end of the season.

The U’s bounced back from 3-1 down against the Magpies, who have only won once in their last 15 league matches, with Mandron kick-starting the recovery with a goal jus before the half-time.

John McGreal’s men remain just out of the top seven, but only on goal difference going into this Saturday’s trip to 19th-placed Port Vale.

“I never settle for just one point. We were on top despite being 3-1 down, and I knew the goals were coming. I would very rarely settle for a draw,” explained Mandron.

“But this result could be a turning point for us in the season.

“I feel good, I’m very positive and I know more goals will come from me, and the team.

“It could be a crucial point, come the end of the season, it could be a massive point.”

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Coming on the back of a lean Christmas, during which the U’s picked up just one point from three fixtures against Stevenage (2-1 home defeat), Morecambe (0-0 home draw) and at Crawley (2-0 defeat against 10 men), Mandron was handed a rare start last Saturday, and he took his chance with both hands.

“I’m feeling fresh, and ready for the big push,” insisted Mandron.

“I keep my spirits high and I am ready to kick on. I am feeling fit.

“I haven’t been playing as much this season, but it’s been just as important this year – I’ve been a squad player and been on the bench mostly. I just have to play a different role, to support your team-mates, and keep up the competition for places, while also being ready when asked to play,” added Mandron.

The ex-Sunderland and Wigan striker celebrated only his second goal of the season, with his effort against County, in what was only his sixth league start.

“The goal was coming, we were feeling good and we were on top at that stage of the game,” said Mandron. “We had loads of chances, and I think all of this is really positive for us.

“I know we didn’t get the win, but we still scored three goals and we looked dangerous. I think that’s a good thing we can take into the next game.”

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