COLCHESTER United’s stand-in captain Frankie Kent insists their play-off hopes are still very much alive heading into their vital home showdown with MK Dons.

The U’s lie two points off seventh-placed Exeter City with two games remaining, as they chase a top-seven finish in League Two.

Colchester are one of four teams on 64 points and know a win over automatic promotion-hopefuls MK Dons at the JobServe Community Stadium is vital, with a trip to play newly-crowned champions Lincoln City to come on the final day of the season.

Kent said: “The boys dug in really well and got something out of the (Yeovil) game, which keeps us alive and two points away from it with a big home game against MK Dons to come.

“Everything is going to have to go our way but the way the season has gone and the run of form and everything, the way that we’re still involved is mental.

“We just want to keep positive and every point is crucial.

“We wanted six points out of six over Easter and that would have been brilliant but we’ll go again.

“We want the fans to get right behind us – any little percentage that they can give us can help us massively.”

Colchester were forced to come from behind to salvage a point at Yeovil Town, on Easter Monday.

Tom Eastman rescued a draw for the U’s at Huish Park, cancelling out Jake Gray’s 53rd-minute opener which came seconds before goalkeeper Dillon Barnes was sent off for violent conduct.

“The first half wasn’t good enough for where we want to get to,” added U’s defender Kent, who hit the bar with a header in the second half at Huish Park.

“Had we had a good first half and maybe gone a goal ahead, we’d have been able to manage the game.

“It was a very eventful second half – it was hard to get my head round really.

“We should have had a penalty just before they scored when Courtney (Senior) was fouled in the area.

“We have to take the positives out of it but it’s a missed opportunity, seeing the other results around us.

“Whatever has happened has happened but we’ve regrouped and done well with ten men, creating a lot of chances and I feel like we could have easily won the game.”