Colchester United head coach John McGreal admits his side needed to do more to break down a stubborn Morecambe side, this afternoon.

The U's were held to a 0-0 draw with the Shrimps in a game of few chances at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

The result saw Colchester extend their unbeaten run in League Two to five games and leaves them four points off the play-off places.

McGreal said: “It was a tough game and the positives were another clean sheet and a solid performance in that respect, knowing that we still have a bit of work to do in our attacking third.

“The boys are in a really good vein of form with 18 points from nine games and five clean sheets in that time and they have a bit of a reputation but they have to be able to handle the ball and move it quicker.

“It was just disappointing that we haven’t got a goal in that first part, because I thought we started quite well but then they got into the game and killed the game.

“I thought that they managed that quite well when we were on top and it wasn’t to be.

“We brought three attacking players on and we weren’t sitting on the point – we wanted to go and win and do something in front of the fans.”

Colchester almost scored a late winner when substitute Drey Wright's spectacular strike crashed against the crossbar, in the closing stages but they had to be content with a draw.

McGreal added: “Morecambe are as honest as the day is long and they kept running through our back three and back four late on, so you know that they are possibly going to get a chance with throw ons and corners late on, which we defended well.

“It was always there – do you want to sit on the 0-0 or go and try and win games of football?

“I’ve said from day one when I took over here that I want to go and try and win games of football and I think you’ve seen that again today.

“It didn’t work out for the first 70 minutes and I thought they did a good job but I thought the last 20 minutes we got a really good foothold in the game and could have come away with a goal with Drey’s strike, that was unlucky.”