Striker delighted to play part.
Mikael Mandron was unable to hide his delight after scoring the winning goal in Sunderland’s 1-0 win over Carlisle United.
The forward has enjoyed an impressive start to his pre-season campaign, following up his well-taken finish against Southampton U21s on Saturday with a similarly devastating strike at Brunton Park.
Speaking to safc.com the youngster reflected on a solid win, a personal milestone and a team spirit that continues to grow.
“Sometimes as soon as you hit the ball you know it is going to be on target, but when I saw it hit the net I was so happy.
“After it went in all of the lads jumped on me and celebrated, so it was a great moment for me.”
Scoring for the first team would be a special moment for any young player, but the scenes that followed Mandron’s sumptuous strike will also live long in the memory for the young Frenchman.
“I think the way we celebrated showed exactly what we are like as a team,” explained Mandron. “We are very close and we have a great team spirit.”
“We always support each other and I think that we demonstrated that on the pitch tonight.”
Under-21s coach Robbie Stockdale had the opportunity to speak to the younger players post-match, and Mandron revealed that Stockdale challenged the players to build on the experience of playing first-team football.
“He told us to keep working hard in training on a daily basis and as a group we will continue to do that.
“Hopefully it will lead to further opportunities but today was a great experience, it was a good chance to show the head coach what we can do and it was exciting to play in a good stadium against a team in League Two.”