Colchester United must find a way from converting shots into goals this afternoon as they bid to beat Grimsby Town at the Jobserve Community Stadium to keep their play-off hopes alive in Sky Bet League Two.

The U’s have lost both of their last two matches by two goals to nil at home to Oldham Athletic and away at Bury last weekend but John McGreal’s side have had no problem in carving out chances.

The Essex outfit have registered 26 shots on goal in their last two fixtures but have been unable to find the back of the net. Eight of those efforts have been on target but unsuccessful during what is becoming a frustrating period for The U’s.

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In their last eight matches, Colchester United have collected just six points from an available 24, however, the bizarre fact is that they have recorded more shots on goal that all of those opponents meaning that it is their clinical edge which seems to be severely lacking.

Last weekend’s match at Gigg Lane saw home side Bury net with two of their three attempts on target. While Colchester United tested Shakers keeper Joe Murphy on five occasions, they were unable to find a way past the former English Premier League stopper.

Colchester United’s recent home form only adds to the frustration surrounding the JobServe Community Stadium. The club have lost all of their last three home games without scoring despite having 32 attempts on goal.

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One clean sheet in six games means that attack may be the best form of defence for McGreal’s men but crucially, The U’s must immediately begin to find the back of the net if they are to extend their season beyond 4 May.

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