Colchester United played out a frustrating 0-0 draw with Morecambe, on Saturday afternoon.

Drawing a blank

FAILING to score at home is an unfamiliar feeling for Colchester United, this season.

The U’s stalemate against Morecambe was the first time that they have been unable to find the net at the JobServe Community Stadium in League Two, during the current campaign.

Indeed, it is the first home goal-less encounter John McGreal’s side have played out since their 0-0 draw with Swindon Town, in their final game at the stadium last season.

On the plus side, the clean sheet they kept was their 11th shut-out of the season, a feat only their promotion rivals MK Dons and Mansfield Town can currently match in the fourth tier.

Saying sorry

LUKE Norris’s animated reaction to being substituted during Colchester United’s 0-0 draw with Morecambe seemed to epitomize the general frustration felt around the JobServe Community Stadium.

The 25-year-old was quick to apologise both publicly and privately after the incident, which saw him storm towards the bench after being replaced with 17 minutes remaining.

Norris, who has not scored since mid-October, could not help but show his frustration, following a game where Colchester huffed and puffed but could not find a way past a resolute Shrimps defence.

Points dropped

COLCHESTER United will have been disappointed to have dropped points in their last two home fixtures.

But they are by no means the only promotion-chasing side to have not had it their own way, over recent games.

Of the top-seven teams in League Two, leaders Lincoln City were the only side to taste victory on Saturday.

That has left the U’s joint third heading into the New Year, a position boss John McGreal and his players would surely have accepted if offered it at the start of the season.

Kane's quality

ONLY the width of the post prevented Kane Vincent-Young from capping a fine display with an equally impressive goal.

The left-back was desperately unlucky to see his super run and well-placed shot rattle the woodwork, in the closing stages of Colchester United’s draw with Morecambe.

Vincent-Young had embarked on a similarly positive attacking run earlier in the half which had brought a good save from Shrimps keeper Mark Halstead and the youngster was impressive in all departments.

Tight to call

COLCHESTER United are yet to lose to Morecambe, after their latest meeting ended in a draw.

But games between the two sides are notoriously tight affairs and this encounter was no different.

Colchester had drawn their first four games with the Shrimps, prior to claiming their first win over them at the Globe Arena back in October – a slender 1-0 victory.

Just seven goals had been scored between the two teams before this latest fixture, so it was perhaps little wonder that this one also proved hard to call.