WHILE the surroundings may differ, manager John McGreal is demanding “more of the same” from his Colchester United players as they head back on their travels tonight.

The U's will make the journey to Forest Green Rovers on the back of a 1-1 home draw with Exeter City on Saturday that left them sitting third in the League Two table.

McGreal felt his team's strong performance against Exeter merited more than just the point they took as they continued their fantastic form on home turf and now he wants to see similar on the road.

They have taken 22 points from a possible 30 at the JobServe Community Stadium, but Colchester's away form has been less emphatic, with ten points from nine games.

So the U's boss wants his players to be as brave in away games as they are in front of their own fans.

“It’s got to be more of the same," he said.

“We can’t veer away from what we want to do and I think we have been this way for the majority of the season.

“Once or twice we have let ourselves down but we look to play attacking flowing football through the thirds because that’s what the fans want to see.

“We have a DNA about what we want to do and I’ll be telling them to go out there and give us more of the same.

“The boys are brave in taking the ball and that’s a big part of what we want to do.

“They must be prepared to take the ball under pressure with men around them.

“Look at someone like Courtney Senior against Exeter, some of the skill he showed with two or three people around him was excellent.

“I want to see more of it – come on, let’s continue and see what everyone has got.

“We’re not holding these boys back; we want to see what they can do."

Club captain Luke Prosser is set to return after a one-match suspension kept him sidelined on Saturday, but fellow central defender Tom Eastman and striker Luke Norris are injured.

While the game at Forest Green comes hot on the heels of the draw against Exeter, it will be Colchester's last game for 11 days as they have no FA Cup action this weekend and McGreal wants his players to make it count tonight.

He added: “It will be another test for the players and it will be all about how we recover from Exeter.

“Forest Green won again on Saturday so we know it will be tough down there but one thing we know about it is that it will be a footballing game down there.

“Coops (Rovers manager Mark Cooper) has got them playing in a nice way so it will be a good game to look forward to.

“We’re not in the FA Cup next weekend so we’ll have a weekend break and we want to go into that with a good performance at Forest Green."