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Mandron | "I am focussed on Saturday"

Gills striker fully focussed on Northampton's visit to Priestfield on Saturday following his midweek goal at Premier League Brentford.

11 November 2022

Mikael Mandron says he is fully focussed on obtaining three points at ME7 this Saturday after the midweek Carabao Cup triumph at Brentford.

“Let’s make it three goals in three games,” beamed Carabao Cup hero Mikael Mandron as Gillingham’s attention again returns to Sky Bet League Two action.

The striker, who had previously struck against AFC Fylde in the FA Cup, followed up with a goal on Tuesday that he describes as the 'best he has scored'.

It was the striker’s late header that became the catalyst for one of the Cup’s biggest shocks, forcing Premier League outfit Brentford to penalties. Gillingham triumphed, with Mandon again proving decisive from the spot, to make the remaining 16 where they face Wolverhampton Wanderers.

"It was amazing,” said Mandron facing the local media and displaying his usual infectious smile. “You could see how much it meant to us after the game when we went to celebrate with the fans.

“Everyone was buzzing, everyone was dancing in the changing rooms. We were so happy because it was amazing to be able to play against such a great team and to cause an upset the way we did.

“It might be the very best goal I have scored. Just for the context, against a Premier League team, late on, and also a game that caused an upset. We were playing against players who are going to the World Cup, that’s crazy.

“Hopefully we can take that confidence into the league, because if we can play with that intensity and that resilience then no doubt we will be winning games.

“We will see on Saturday, but there is definitely a great feeling around the club at the moment.”

With five away goals this season, Mandron is still waiting to open his home account. After his recent good fortune, he will be hoping that wait comes to an end at the weekend when he faces a high-flying Cobblers team.

“I am definitely due one or two goals at home,” he said. “Hopefully it comes on Saturday.

“Anything can happen in League Two; teams at the bottom of the table can beat teams at the top of the table.

“Scoring goals and getting positive results helps your confidence. I’ve trained and I am focused on Northampton on Saturday.

“It’s about whoever is on it on the day and we are going to make sure that we are on it.”

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