Brennan Dickenson still believes Colchester United can make play-offs

Brennan Dickenson, who is remaining positive despite the U's recent slump in fortunes. Picture: STEV

Brennan Dickenson, who is remaining positive despite the U's recent slump in fortunes. Picture: STEVE WALLER - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Brennan Dickenson is ready to fight for victory in each of Colchester United’s last 11 games of the season.

Winger Dickenson, back in the U’s squad after 10 months out with a serious knee injury, has had three appearances as a substitute since his return to the first-team arena.

The 25-year-old would love to get his first start of the season, perhaps away at relegation candidates Morecambe this Saturday.

And he certainly has not given up hope of the U’s reaching the League Two play-offs, despite the seven-point gap that has opened up between the Essex club and seventh-placed Swindon, and also the recent back-to-back 1-0 defeats at the hands of lowly opposition in Crewe and Barnet.

“We got to pick ourselves up again for this weekend,” insisted Dickenson.

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“If things aren’t going our way in matches, like they weren’t against Barnet (last Saturday), then we have to adapt on the pitch to get that win. We’ve got to try and keep pushing on.

“I thought we deserved more out of the game last Saturday, but we have to stay positive and look to turn it around at Morecambe.

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“It’s difficult after two defeats on the trot, but we will pick ourselves up and we will be fighting for those 11 games.

“I believe we had a constructive chat after the game in the dressing room (last weekend). Now we have to fight for every point.

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“We have just got to go for the win at Morecambe, and we will be fighting to win every game between now and the end of the season.

“We have still got to believe that we can get into the play-offs. I personally still believe we can do it.

“Our task has just been made slightly more difficult after the last two games, but I think we have the ability in the squad to do it,” added Dickenson.

Ex-Brighton wide-man Dickenson has not started a first-team game since last April.

“It was another 45 minutes for me, against Barnet. Minutes for me are everything I need at the moment.

“It’s difficult to get into games when you come on as a substitute, but you have to take that on the chin, do what you can do to try and make an impact in games.

“Let’s hope that first start for me is soon.”

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