COLCHESTER United head coach John McGreal admits he is contemplating making changes in the wake of his side’s back-to-back defeats.

The U’s crashed to a 3-0 defeat at Port Vale at the weekend, a result that followed hot on the heels of their 3-2 reverse against Grimsby Town.

Colchester have lost three of their last four games in League Two and boss McGreal says ‘something has to be done’ following the mistakes that have cost his side of late.

He said: “I have to think about changes.

“They’ve done unbelievably well to get ourselves into this position (prior to the Port Vale game).

“But sometimes when you’re looking at a continual mistake, something has to be done about it and that’s what we’ll try and do throughout the week.

“There’s a lot of hard work on the training ground and then we’ll see how the boys react.

“We have a dozen cup finals and it’s tight, in and around it.

“We’ve built ourselves up into a healthy position; we’ve just come off it of late and had a couple of defeats which we’ve never had since the early part of the season, when we then went on a brilliant run.

“We can all go right off the handle at the minute, me more than anyone else along with the fans.

“We’ve all got opinions about that performance but also, we have to put it into perspective as well.

“It’s three points and it’s how we react – that’s the big test now from the individuals and the team and how we come into training.

“Are we going to be moping and feeling sorry for ourselves or are we going to get right back on it again and be that force that we have been, throughout the season.”

Colchester have dropped to seventh in the table following their lacklustre display at Port Vale.

Mark Cullen’s brace and Tom Conlon’s strike condemned the U’s to a hugely disappointing defeat, at Vale Park.

“We want to achieve just as much as all of our fans want us to do, this season,” added McGreal.

“We can’t achieve on a performance like that (Port Vale) but we have to now dig in together and batten down the hatches.

“We’re going to take a lot of criticism from the (Port Vale) game but I won’t be hiding away from anybody – I try and be as truthful as I can.

“We weren’t good enough (against Port Vale) but we’re in a position which we’ve worked ever so hard to get into and we’ll be trying hard, as we always do.”