Striker modest after hitting hat-trick at Arsenal.
Sunderland striker Mikael Mandron couldn't hide his delight as he notched a hat-trick on his return to the Black Cats’ development squad on Monday evening.
Mandron had been sidelined for two months with an injury but he marked his return in fine style with a treble in Monday evening’s 5-1 win over Arsenal.
And the 18-year-old told safc.com he was pleased to play his part as the under-21’s retained their place in the top three of the Barclays U21 Premier League.
It’s great for the team because we knew it was going to be tough away at Arsenal, so to win 5-1 is amazing
- Mikael Mandron
“I’m so happy that the team won and that I also managed to score three goals,” Mandron said. “I thought everyone played really well tonight.
“It’s great for the team because we knew it was going to be tough away at Arsenal, so to win 5-1 is amazing.”
The young Black Cats inflicted a first defeat of the campaign on the Gunners with Mandron making it seven goals in six league games this season.
However, the young frontman was quick to draw the attention away from himself and instead drew the plaudits towards his teammates.
“I want to thank my teammates,” he added. “We were so good tonight and the way the players created chances for me was great.
“We know we are capable of good things because we do it in training all the time.
“Bally [Kevin Ball] demands the highest standards from us and we showed tonight that we can do that on the pitch as well.”