MIKAEL Mandron has vowed to hit the goal trail for Colchester United in the second half of the season after he netted in their 3-3 draw with Notts County.

The French forward grabbed the U’s second goal in first-half stoppage-time at the JobServe Community Stadium, as they recovered a two-goal deficit to claim a point.

Mandron has made only five league starts for Colchester so far this season but the former Sunderland striker is confident he can play his part in their League Two promotion push.

He said: “I feel very positive and I know that more goals will come from me and more game time.

“I work very hard in training and I’m fit and ready to play.

“I feel really good at the minute and I just want to keep going.

“I keep myself fit and my spirits high and I’m ready to kick on.

“This year, I’ve been on the bench but you just have to play a different role and support your team-mates.

“You have to keep the competitiveness going and be ready when you’re asked to play.”

Mandron was rather fortunate to find the net against bottom club Notts County, after defender Richard Duffy’s attempted clearance struck the Colchester forward before sailing into the net.

However, the 24-year-old insists he was not bothered by the manner of the goal, which helped the U’s salvage a draw.

He said: “It really doesn’t matter how it went in – I really don’t care!

“I’m happy to get a goal and help the team.

“We had lots of chances and all of this is really positive for us to take into the next game.

“Even though we didn’t get the win we still scored three goals and looked dangerous.

“Sometimes, the other team is just going to get lucky and they managed to take the few chances they had and fair play to them.

“They had 15 minutes of a little bit of luck but after that, they haven’t hurt us at all.

“They went 3-1 up but we knew that one goal could change everything and we came back out for the second half with loads of energy.

“We came back into the game and showed great spirit.”