STEVE Ball insists Colchester United will never settle for a draw in any game he is in charge of.

The U's head to Walsall this afternoon aiming to extend their unbeaten run to five matches, in League Two.

Colchester have drawn three of their opening four matches so far, this season.

However, boss Ball has stressed that they will always be hunting for a victory - and will never make do with just a point.

Ball said: “It’s never our intention to draw – in the last moments of those games like at Barrow and Bradford, we’re trying to win.

“I’ll always be one who’ll never, ever settle for a draw.

“Of course, there’s moments with a minute to go and stuff like that you want to see a game out.

"But in the main, you never, ever settle for a draw and the mentality of the group is the same and that’s really strong.

“We work on that every day.

“I don’t want to be a coach that wins games 4-3 and 6-5 and stuff like that.

"I want to be a coach that understands that if we’re drawing a game with 20 minutes to go, we want to win rather than hang on for a point.

“It’s all part of the learning process; it’s all part of our players recognizing that the when moments and making those really smart decisions.

“But in the main, I’m delighted with our mentality this year and our will to go and win games."

Ball has selection decisions to make today, ahead of the game at Walsall.

Striker Luke Norris is pushing for his first league start of the season, having appeared as a substitute in each of the U's last two league matches.

“Luke is absolutely chomping and he’s that sort of character, as we all know," said Ball.

“He’s had an injury which he got back from in really good time.

“He came on for half an hour at Barrow and half an hour against Oldham and affected it really well.

“He’s obviously firmly in my mind and that’s not changed from the moment he’s got fit.

“There’s competition there which has been a real breath of fresh air to see Jevani (Brown) there and perform well to the right levels.

“Luke wants to play and we’ll obviously make that call, ahead of the weekend."

Colchester could today come up against Liam Kinsella, the son of U's legend Mark.

Ball turned out alongside Kinsella senior for several years at Colchester, during their playing days at Layer Road.

The U's boss added: "If Liam's half as good as his dad, he'll be a player.

"I played with Mark for years; he was a brilliant player and he went on to have a great career.

"Mark was a great player for this club.

"Liam is a talented player and he plays in his dad's position, as well.

"He's one we'll have to look at and stop."