ACCRINGTON Stanley's fallen cup heroes want to put Wednesday night's heartbreak at West ham behind them and concentrate on extending their good league run.

The Reds went down to Dimitri Payet's 96th-minute free-kick after giving an excellent account of themselves in the EFL third round at the London Stadium.

But having stayed nearby since the midweek match, they make the short trip to face the U's hoping to make it three league wins on the bounce.

Matty Pearson, who could face former Stanley striker Kurtis Guthrie and last season's loan man Tariqe Fosu-Henry, said: “We have got to forget about West Ham now.

“We have stayed down south so we will have a good craic and get back onto it at Colchester.

“We have had our little bit of enjoyment and we do need to get our head around the defeat, but now it’s back to the proper stuff.”

Centre-half Omar Beckles is also focused on the job in hand this afternoon against a Colchester side sitting three points and five places above the Reds.

He said: "We have to take the things we did right on Wednesday and move on and hopefully get three points on Saturday.

“You could see we were tiring against West Ham, but we will be rested and our main focus is the league.”

East London-born Beckles played against his late father's team on Wednesday and admitted that, despite the defeat, it was night he would remember.

“It was a great experience on Wednesday," he said. "It was a bit sour at the end as we believed we could win the game and believed we could have got a result.

“But it was a great occasion and I think, when we look back on it, we will enjoy the experience.

“It was overwhelming running out onto the London Stadium, it was nervy and it was emotional for me.

"I got a chill with the ‘I’m forever blowing bubbles’ song because of my dad.

“I had a couple of chances but I couldn’t get the power on my shots but that’s something I will work on.

“They have immense quality in their squad – you only had to look at their subs like Payet – and that proved the difference with the goal.

"We were disappointed to concede the free-kick, especially with them down to 10 men due to injuries, but we have got to take the positives."