WHILE his Colchester United team are currently in a rich vein of League Two form, manager John McGreal will not be permitting any complacency when they face Morecambe tomorrow.

The U’s have taken 17 points from their last eight league outings, while the Shrimps have taken just eight in the same period.

However, they arrive at the Weston Homes Community Stadium on the back of a 2-1 win against top-seven side Wycombe last weekend and McGreal is wary of taking anything lightly.

“They won against Wycombe and had a win in the FA Cup so they’ve had some results,” he said.

“I know (manager) Jim (Bentley) and I know Kenny Mac (assistant manager Ken McKenna) really well going back to our days together at Tranmere.

“I know they’ll be ready and they are tactically astute, so we know it will be a tough game.

“They do an unbelievable job.

“There are teams in this league with big budgets and the way Morecombe have been doing of late is credit to those two lads.

“They are in and around the bottom this year, but they are a tough nut to crack.

“We’ve gone and looked at the game last week and they beat Wycombe well so we know it is up to us and how we put our game into play.

“They have quality in their team and they haven’t got the results that their performances have warranted of late.

“They will be looking at it feeling they may have turned a bit of a corner, but we have to make sure it isn’t this week.

“We are hoping for a good game.”

The game will be Colchester’s first on home soil since their dismal FA Cup exit at the hands of non-league side Oxford City two weeks ago.

It is a chance to properly banish the memory of that defeat, but while McGreal knows the financial ramifications of an early cup exit can be hurtful, he insists his team haven’t been dwelling on it.

“The cup game is gone,” he said.

“We were disappointed with the outcome; we wanted to get through to the next round as it also affects what we can do in January.

“There are a lot of things that come off that defeat but it was great that the boys were able to bounce back at Barnet to get the three points there.

“It has refreshed us heading into this home game against Morecombe on Saturday.”

McGreal said he had no fresh injury concerns ahead of the visit of Morecambe, although Sammie Szmodics was being monitored to check that there was no reaction from training sessions as he continued building after an ankle injury.