COLCHESTER United head coach John McGreal has issued a rallying cry to the club’s supporters as they bid to get back to winning ways at home.

The U’s host Grimsby Town tomorrow afternoon, hoping to avoid a fourth successive home league defeat at the JobServe Community Stadium.

Colchester head into the Easter programme five points adrift of the League Two play-off positions with four games to go, following a run of five defeats in their last six fixtures.

Boss McGreal has urged U’s fans to get right behind them on Good Friday, as they aim to get back on track.

McGreal said: “We need our fans more than ever on Friday.

“They can be huge and hopefully they’ll get right behind the team and be in full voice and push us over the line.

“We’re hoping it will be a good following with it being Good Friday.

“We’re hoping that if one or two of the fans are into the players or whatever, that will get ironed out by the applause and the cheering because we’re hoping that we can put on a good show for our fans over the Easter period.

“The fans have got the right to say what they have to say at times but generally more often or not our fans have been brilliant, this season.

“We have a fantastic relationship with the fans and we want to do it together – that’s the big thing.

“The supporters are huge – they stick with the team.

“It’s only a minority that boo and the main thing we try and do is get the club together with fans and players, which we’ve been able to do.

“We’ve been consistently winning games at home and playing some unbelievable football – some of the fans have been highly entertained.

“Yes, we’ve had defeats – it happens.

“Look at Man United – I think they’ve lost five out of their last seven and it happens in every division.

“I’m sure Mr Solskjaer will be looking to pick his players up for their game against Everton and then Man City next week.

“They’re exactly the same – it’s just that we’re two or three divisions lower.

“Mistakes happen in football and they are costly at times but it’s how you get through it.”