Mandron on the goal trail

by Stuart Vose

Striker reacts after scoring for third straight game.

Mikael Mandron popped up with a goal and an assist against Tottenham to make his run-out at the Stadium of Light a successful one on Monday evening.

The promising 19-year-old striker netted his side’s second goal in a 3-0 win, scoring for the third consecutive game.

“It was a big game if we want to push for the play-offs and we got off to a really good start,” said Mandron, whose side had completed their scoring by half-time.

“They pushed a bit more in the second half and it was a tough game, but to play at the Stadium of Light and win 3-0 was fantastic.”

He added: “As a team we played really well, especially at the back. I thought we were solid throughout the whole game.”

Martin Smith gave the home side the lead before Mandron struck just prior to the break, riding a challenge before firing home from 10 yards.

The striker, who was a threat throughout, then turned provider as his touch teed up Charis Mavrias, who found the back of the net after seeing an initial shot blocked.

“It was a great piece of lay to start with [for my goal], a lovely ball from Smithy and luckily I scored – I was happy with that,” Mandron added.

“[For Mavrias’ goal] we started all the way back with the keeper before El Hadji [Ba] put a good ball forward. Charis was in a good position and I managed to find him.”

Mandron is targeting a strong end to the campaign with the youngsters set to play their final game of the season against West Ham next week.

The frontman has recently returned to the fold following a loan spell at League Two side Fleetwood, where he made 13 appearances.

And Mandron feels he’s a better player for his spell with the Cod Army.

“The game is quicker and much more physical,” he said. “I really enjoyed it and I think going out on loan is a great experience for a young player.”