FRANK Nouble admits Colchester United’s frustrating run of draws has left them with an ‘empty feeling’.

But the U’s attacker insists they can get back to winning ways and reignite their League Two promotion challenge.

Nouble was on target in their 1-1 draw by struggling Morecambe, as John McGreal’s side shared the points for a fourth successive game.

Colchester, who have gone 12 league games unbeaten, lie three points off the top three but Nouble admits they have to turn those draws into wins.

Nouble said: “We’ve drawn our last four games now and it’s an empty feeling really.

“We’re not losing the games but we know that we should have put at least half of those games away, so it’s frustrating.

“We’re having a go at each other because we know that we’re the only ones that can change it.

“It’s going well but not well enough for us at the moment.

“We’ve only lost five in the league and if we can keep that to a minimum for as long as possible, hopefully the luck will change, we can change the tide and get the wins we need.

“There’s another 20 games to go so if we can go on a similar unbeaten run in that time, I’m sure we’ll be where we want to be come the end of the season.

“We just have to keep going; it’s Macclesfield next and we’ll be looking to win that, like we do every game.

“We’re back at home and we’re very good there, so hopefully we can get that win.”

Nouble fired Colchester into a first-half lead at Morecambe but that goal was cancelled out by Adam Phillips, who levelled for the hosts with 21 minutes to go.

“We’re very disappointed to not come out of it with a win,” said the 28-year-old.

“It’s a draw at the end of the day and it’s another point on the board.

“I thought we played some good stuff; it wasn’t like we didn’t play well.

“It’s just that we’re getting punished for everything we do and we’re not punishing the opposition when we get the chance.”

Nouble fired in his fifth goal of the season at Morecambe and his second goal in three games, after emphatically converting Ryan Clampin’s precise cross from close range.

He added: “It was a good move.

“I’ve been working on trying to get on the back post when I’m playing out wide.

“It felt good at the time but right now, it doesn’t feel so good.”