Delighted to add another goal to my name! Hopefully many more to come.. So blessed ??????
— Mikael Mandron (@MikaelMandron) July 29, 2014
That was the tweet from Boulogne’s finest, Mikael Mandron. Great to see such desire from the 19-year-old forward whose penalty decided the first of an unfamiliar-looking Sunderland’s friendlies in Portugal. Here’s what the boss made of it in his customary post-match e-mail to Monsieur Salut and one or two others. Malcolm Dawson asks the delicate but pertinent question in Comments: what is the explanation for the boss’s repeated use of players most of us would have considered at best on the the fringe of his first-team squad? ….
It’s pre-season and it’s important that the players get fit and well and are in shape, but it’s also nice to be winning games.
It’s nice for the fans as well; they want to see us play and it’s good that they can enjoy what they see.
It was a very tight first half and then the game opened up. It was apparent that the team who scored the first goal would win it.
It was pretty much end-to-end stuff, we hit the crossbar they hit the crossbar and then it was a penalty that decided the game and was a good finish from Mika [Mikael Mandron] from the spot.
It was important for Liam [Bridcutt] to get a run out tonight and Alfred [N’Diaye] got more minutes on the pitch so that was good for him. It was nice to see Liam back.
Thanks for your support,