TOWN are becoming vulnerable to play-off snipers but striker Andy Booth insisted today: "We've still got everything to play for."
Promotion hopes are nosediving on the back of just two wins in 12 and last night's 2-1 defeat at Tranmere, when Town played against 10 men for 70 minutes.
"It's a very disappointing result and in the last few weeks we've not been making much progress, so we need a run of wins," said Booth, a second-half substitute.
"Colchester at home is now a massive game for us and, if we can win that, it should kick-start us again. It's easy to forget with the way things have been going that we're still in a great position. We've still got everything to play for.
"Winning promotion is still in our own hands, silly as it seems, and we've got to keep our heads and get back to winning."
On Delroy Facey's late winner, he added: "Del has done really well, one of the best strikes of his career, but to be fair we've got to be able to mark better than that."
Danny Schofield was ill and didn't travel (kit man Andy Brook was also banned from the bus) while Danny Adams was taken off feeling sick.
Jon Worthington had a stitch in a cheek wound while Andy Holdsworth will miss the Colchester clash through suspension after a fifth booking of the season.
Manager Peter Jackson said: "There's still a long way to go this season and we have to be positive; no heads down.
"We have to start games an awful lot better than we are doing and we also have to be stronger at the back and cut out the silly mistakes which are proving so costly.
"The ball was coming back off the strikers too easily in the first half as well and the changes improved that, but this is a bitterly disappointing result for us."
Town were behind inside four minutes to Carl Tremarco but equalised on 48 through David Graham, his second in as many games on loan from Sheffield Wednesday.
Town old-boy Delroy Facey settled it for Tranmere six minutes from time.
"Boothy and Taylor-Fletcher made a difference, Dan Smith played very well at left-back and I could only see us winning it in the second half, but we got done by a sucker punch," added Jackson.