John McGreal admitted he was content with a point after his Colchester side fought back to secure a 1-1 draw at home to Stevenage.

Colchester boss John McGreal happy with a point

Colchester boss John McGreal happy with a point

The U's fell behind to Danny Newton's strike just after half-time but Mikael Mandron levelled midway through the second half, to earn the hosts a draw.

Mandron finished emphatically from Drey Wright's pass, after Stevenage keeper Joe Fryer had raced out of his goal.

Stevenage had led through Newton's tidy finish, following Ronnie Henry's good work in the area to pick him out.

U's head coach McGreal said: "We're happy to come away with a point, after that first-half performance.

"It looked as though some of our boys had left their legs on the pitch from Wednesday (against Aston Villa).

"It was a big game for the club but we were playing against a tough Stevenage team - they were there last year and they're going to be in and around it.

"We conceded a poor goal with people knocking off and we were a little bit sleepy.

"People were a little bit leggy but the boys produced a terrific last half hour.

"Drey (Wright) showed a lot of composure for the goal and picked out Mika, who despatched it brilliantly well.

"It wasn't his best game and things didn't come off sometimes for him but a key moment in the game when we needed him.

"We could have won the game in the end, with the chances that we had."

Stevenage boss Darren Sarll also felt his team deserved their point.

He said: "I was pleased with the organisation of my side and I thought we were the better side overall but I'm okay with the point.

"This team is learning and we're moving forward while picking up points, plus we are unbeaten in the league.

"This is a good point and we'll look back on it as that when we get towards the end of the season.

"I felt very comfortable at 0-0 and we passed the ball well.

"It was an honest error by Joe (Fryer) for their goal but he's not going to make too many of them.

"I rate him as the best goalkeeper in this league and his save just before half-time was crucial.

"To say that Danny (Newton) is working hard is an understatement.

"He is trying hard to make up for all of the time that he's played in non-league football and make the most of the chances he has."