Colchester United boss Joe Dunne has stressed he is not reading too much into Walsall’s recent winless run.

The Saddlers have gone 16 games without a victory in League One and are two points above the relegation zone, level pegging with the U’s.

Colchester are aiming to end a run of four straight defeats when the two teams meet at the Banks’s Stadium tomorrow.

However, manager Dunne has insisted Walsall’s run of results of late could be misleading.

He said: “Walsall had a good start to the season.

“They’ve drawn a lot of games recently and they haven’t been beaten much.

“I won’t be fooled into thinking that they haven’t won many and we’ve lost more in the last eight games than they have.

“Things will close up in the division and top will beat bottom and vice-versa.

“We have to make sure that we’re competitive and performing in every game.

“As long as the performance is good, we will generally start to pick up points.

“It’s when you’re thrashed every week without performing that you feel that there’s no light at the end of the tunnel.

“I certainly don’t feel that’s the case at the moment.”

For a full preview of Colchester’s game at Walsall tomorrow, see Friday’s Daily Gazette.