JOHN McGreal admitted Colchester United's goal-less draw against Morecambe left him frustrated.

But the U's head coach is remaining upbeat, despite a disappointing return of one point from their last two home games.

Colchester remain fourth in League Two despite the draw, at the JobServe Community Stadium.

McGreal said: "We haven't got the points reward that we'd have liked out of these two home games but we're still in it and it's this league.

“It wasn’t to be for us but you draw strength from other results around us.

"Forest Green were 2-0 up and drew 2-2, MK Dons were 2-0 up and drew 2-2 and Bury drew.

"We’re still sitting fourth and two points off second.

“You wouldn’t think so at the minute but I'm really pleased with the performances.

"We've got our DNA and you can see that - it's just that we haven't been able to get the goals that the play rewards.

"But sometimes you have to give the opposition credit and we're a big scalp at this moment in time."

The closest that Colchester came to scoring was when the impressive Kane Vincent-Young's excellent shot came back off a post, in the final few minutes.

“It was a frustrating afternoon," added McGreal.

“I’ve just had a look at the stats and in the last two games, I think we’ve had close to 40 shots and scored the one goal.

“It was a little bit disappointing not to come away with the win.

“We’ve dominated the game and the territory and they defended well.

“We just needed that little bit of luck at the end especially with Kane (Vincent-Young) hitting the post at the end.

“I thought he was outstanding and it would have capped off what was a brilliant performance from him.

“The goals have dried up of late in comparison to earlier in the season but we’re still getting in those areas.

"We're still getting the numbers and the crosses.

"At times it's about making better decisions in the box and lending it to a mate who's in a better position.

"It comes with a bit of pressure and the boys know they have to win games to stay where they are.

“We’re all disappointed with the fans but we have to pick the boys up and go again.”

McGreal said striker Luke Norris apologised after showing his frustration at being substituted with 17 minutes remaining.

Norris showed his anger after being replaced by Mikael Mandron, as the U's looked for a winner.

Norris said: "It was frustration coming off the bench and that doesn't happen at this football club.

"I've spoken with Noz and he's been apologetic.

"We're frustrated and so are the fans but that doesn't happen at this club and he's held his hands up."