PAUL Hurst has revealed he likes watching Colchester United - but wants his Scunthorpe United side to maintain their good form by beating them tomorrow.

Hurst is expecting a tough challenge against the U's when the two teams go head to head at Glanford Park, this weekend.

Colchester go into the game on the back of a five-match unbeaten league run.

But the Iron have won their last games in all competitions and former Ipswich boss Hurst is expecting a good game of football.

Hurst told the Scunthorpe United website: "We’re looking forward to the game and it’ll be a challenge for us.

"They’re a very good team, for me and narrowly missed out on the play-offs on the final day of last season despite getting the victory they wanted.

“They’ve had a very good cup run already and are still in the Carabao Cup, which is really good for them.

"They have some very good players and I like watching them.

“At the same time though, we’re in good form, playing some good football and scoring goals.

"They have a good clean sheet record so I know that will be a challenge too.

"All in all, it should be a good game of football, so we’ll see if that pans out on Saturday.

“They have two very quick full-backs which will be a challenge for our lads as well, in addition to attacking players.

"They have nearly enough all the ingredients you’d want in a team.

"John (McGreal) has done a good job there over the years.

"When they lose a couple of players, they seem to replace them well and I’m sure they’ll be looking to go one better than last year, if not for the automatic places.”

Scunthorpe will be out duo Matthew Lund and Levi Sutton, who are both out suspended.

But aside from that they have a near-full squad to choose from, including former U's loanee Abo Eisa.

Junior Brown and Jamie Ward have both recently returned from injury and were on the bench for the impressive 2-0 win at Forest Green Rovers, last Saturday.

Scunthorpe's only absentees are Regan Slater and Jordan Hallam.