Colchester United head coach John McGreal has hinted he could make changes for their trip to play Barnet tomorrow.

But the U’s boss is tight-lipped on whether any alterations for the League Two clash at The Hive will be tactical or adjustments in personnel.

McGreal is looking for a reaction from his Colchester side following back-to-back cup defeats, in cup competitions.

He made nine changes for the U’s 2-0 defeat at Southend United in the Checkatrade Trophy in midweek, with many of the players recalled to the starting line-up unable to make an impact.

Colchester will be looking to resume their fine recent league form against the Bees this weekend – and boss McGreal wants to see a positive performance and result.

McGreal said: “We’re top of the form table and we just want to try and continue it if we can tomorrow, in what will be a local game for us.

“The league is always what we’re looking for – the cup is a nice distraction.

“It hasn’t worked well for us this week but we have to move on and we have a tough couple of games coming up.

“We’ve been playing particularly well in the league and picking up good points away from home and it’s one that we’re looking forward to.

“We’re looking for a strong reaction but the cup games have gone.

“We want to get back to how we’ve been performing, of late.

“We have to continue doing what we believe in and that’s what has got us that run of form in the league.

“It’s one defeat in seven in the league and we’re in a good place.

“It didn’t go according to plan with the players that came in the other night but they’re there to be picked.

“We’ve got a biggish squad to choose from and we might look to change one or two things ourselves.”

Colchester face a struggling Barnet side who are fourth from bottom in the League Two and are only out of the relegation zone on goal difference.

The Bees have not won any of their last 12 league and cup matches and like the U’s, were knocked out of the FA Cup at the first hurdle after losing at Blackburn Rovers last weekend.

Rossi Eames’ side have not won at home since early September but boss McGreal is nevertheless anticipating a difficult game.

“Rossi is trying to get that blend of home and away form, at the minute,” said the U’s head coach.

“They’ve had a couple of defeats on the road but they’ve had some good wins at home, so we know it’s going to be a tough game.

“We have to go there and put our action plan in place and try and get the win.

“As always, it’s about what we do.”

Sammie Szmodics is pushing for a recall after returning from an ankle injury at Southend in midweek and McGreal says the forward’s return is a big boost.

McGreal added: “We know what Sammie brings with his legs and energy and he’s there to be picked.

“He came on the other night and he’s missed a few weeks.

“He played for a good 20 minutes to half an hour against Southend and had no recurrence.

“Sammie is such a fit boy – we got him involved the other night a little bit earlier than we had thought and I thought in the time he was on the pitch he performed OK.”