Colchester United head coach John McGreal was pleased with his side's character after they fought back to beat Crewe Alexandra 3-1 this afternoon.

The U's trailed to Jordan Bowery's goal scored midway through the first half, at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

But Mandron equalised just before half-time and after Tom Eastman put Colchester ahead on the hour, Mandron scored again 11 minutes later to wrap up Colchester's victory.

It was the first time the U's have come from behind to win a game since last December and boss McGreal was delighted with his team's efforts.

McGreal said: “It was a great fightback.

“In the first half, they caused us one or two problems after they came with their different shape which we didn’t expect but we showed resilience after half-time and I thought we were very good, in the second half.

“I thought Crewe were excellent in the first half and it was only in the last ten minutes of the half where we got a foothold on the game.

“Their goal seemed to spark us and we scored at a good time, six minutes before half-time."

Mandron scored his fifth and sixth goals of the season for Colchester against Crewe and McGreal was pleased with the Frenchman's display.

“I thought Mika’s performance as a number nine was excellent," he added.

“People have questioned whether he’s the man for us and we really think he is.

“He’s scored two goals and was also involved in the second goal.

“His all-round play, his hold up play, his running in behind and flick-ons – the boy has got everything and I thought he was excellent."