Here are the reactions of managers and players alike to the U's 2-0 home defeat to Tranmere Rovers on Saturday, when goals by James Norwood and David Perkins sealed a sixth victory on the trot for the visitors.
Colchester United's midfield crisis shows no sign of easing, although Ben Stevenson has suffered no reaction to his recent groin injury, and fellow midfielder Tom Lapslie has at least returned to training.
Colchester United boss, John McGreal, admitted that his side were "lacking in confidence" following another 3-0 defeat, this time at the hands of League Two play-off rivals Exeter City in Devon on Saturday.
Colchester United have rebounded between defeats and victories in recent weeks, and defender Frankie Kent hopes that the U's will again show that bouncebackability at play-off rivals Exeter City this afternoon.
Ben Stevenson has graduated from being one of the least experienced central midfielders in Colchester United's squad, to becoming the most experienced fit midfielder, within the space of just a few weeks.
Colchester United's Tom Lapslie will be out for at least another three weeks, while fellow midfielders Harry Pell and Brandon Comley are still struggling with injuries, ahead of Saturday's home clash with Newport County.