McGreal wants U’s to build on victory
COLCHESTER head coach John McGreal feels his side are on the up following their impressive victory over Mansfield.
The U’s made it backto-back wins in League Two thanks to first-half goals from Sean Murray and Mikael Mandron at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.
McGreal said: “It’s a really good win against one of the top teams in this division and the experience of Steve (Evans) and the promotions that he’s had.
“It’s great for us because we want to build a bit of momentum and keep getting points.
“We love playing at home where we get the fans right behind us.
“We always tend to start well here which we did again today and it’s a great win.
“We do tend to get chances at home and you always fancy us to create more than we do away but hopefully we can even that out.”
Mansfield boss Steve Evans was left to bemoan his side’s missed opportunities after they fell to their third league defeat of the season.
“I can’t really believe how we didn’t score today, as we had enough good chances to do so,” he said.
“I thought that the performance was good and the response from the supporters wasn’t so good.
“I thought the players gave everything and we were really unfortunate. We had a lot of domination but domination isn’t enough.
“The shot from the free-kick is going straight into Conrad’s (Logan) arms and it’s hit the trailing leg of Alex MacDonald and gone into the far corner.
“For the second goal, we weren’t quick enough and the boy peeled off and scored a simple header.”
Mikael Mandron and Brendon Hanlan both went close for Colchester early on but Mansfield also looked menacing, with Will Atkinson’s diving header just off target and Sam Walker denying Danny Rose.
Mansfield keeper Conrad Logan foiled Kyel Reid before Colchester went ahead just before the half-hour through Murray, whose deflected 20-yard shot flew in.
And the U’s went further ahead five minutes later when Mandron brilliantly glanced Murray’s cross in at the far post.
Mansfield started the second half strongly and Rose’s diving header flew just over, while Alex MacDonald’s powerful shot was saved by Walker.
Substitute Lee Angol also scuffed tamely wide in stoppage-time but Murray and Mandron both squandered further good chances before that.
STAR MAN SEAN MURRAY Colchester