JOHN McGreal insists he understands the heated reaction of some of Colchester United’s travelling supporters in the aftermath of their midweek draw at Grimsby Town.

Some U’s players have been criticised by fans for not acknowledging their support at the final whistle of the game at Blundell Park, where they surrendered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 after the hosts grabbed a late equaliser.

McGreal says he can understand the frustration of U’s fans and has vowed to ensure that there is more post-match acknowledgement of the supporters, in future.

However, the U’s head coach has revealed that having initially made his way over to thank the 144 supporters who made the long midweek trip to Grimsby, he then had to turn back after receiving abuse from some of the away contingent.

McGreal said: “I went over there but I had to turn back because of the abuse I was getting personally.

“But I did clap them – I always do but with some of the abuse, I did have to turn away because I didn’t want to get involved.

“I was getting the abuse and I totally understand that - I’d be disappointed too.

“Your team is 2-0 up and you draw 2-2.

“I’ve been there as a player and as a supporter myself, with Liverpool.

“I totally understand where they’re coming from – they have their views at times but I’ll make a note of it and make sure the players do go over there.

“Some of the players did go over there – I don’t know who didn’t but there were definitely a fair few who went across because I was there myself.

“I’ll make a note and make sure a lot more do go across because like ourselves, they’re not getting back until very late on Tuesday night and the majority are in work as well.

“It was disappointing to throw that two-goal lead away but we’re always grateful to the fans and I’m the first one to say that.

“We need that relationship with the fans – that’s a big thing.”