CHRIS BRANDON insists Town have "more in the tank" for a promotion push as they prepare for tomorrow's clash with Colchester (3.00).
The 28-year-old midfielder hopes the club's sad FA Cup demise will prove a blessing in disguise as Peter Jackson's squad now focus on winning a Coca-Cola League I pick-me-up at Layer Road.
Brandon believes four matches without a win, including exits in the FA Cup and LDV, will sharpen Town's appetite for League points against Phil Parkinson's side, who are hunting a first win in nine themselves.
"We are there or thereabouts, but I still feel we've got more in the tank for a challenge and are in the right position in the table to really kick on," said Brandon, who travelled yesterday with an 18-strong squad.
"It's a great team to play in, the manager and the staff give us tremendous belief and I really do think we've got it within our power to really press for the play-offs and promotion.
"We are not out of our depth at this level, far from it, and it's up to us what we achieve this season.
"Things haven't gone that well for us recently and we are all gutted about being out of the Cup, but no-one is panicking.
"We are working very hard at cutting out the mistakes which have been costing us silly goals and, when those errors disappear, we will start putting a winning run together.
"The lads have already shown we are as good as anything in this division on our day and, while we've been conceding some daft goals, the encouraging thing is that we are scoring and creating chances. We are definitely heading in the right direction."
Brandon has netted twice this season, but he hasn't scored in his last eight appearances and is keen to put that right down in Essex.
"I'm desperate to score goals and maybe I've been a bit too anxious lately," he said.
"They will probably start flying in when I least expect it and, hopefully, when I get on the scoresheet again more goals will follow.
"I said at the start of the season that I wanted to get double figures at least and I'm still aiming for that target."
Brandon knows it won't be easy tomorrow. In the past two seasons, he has been in the Chesterfield side beaten four times by the Layer Road men.
"Colchester are a very hard-working team and they like to knock the ball around," he said.
"It's a tight ground and an awkward place to go, but it's up to us to dig in and grind out a positive result.
"If we play like we can and don't punish ourselves with mistakes, then we'll be fine. We've been to places like Luton, Port Vale and Bristol City this season and given a very good account of ourselves, so there's no reason why we can't do that tomorrow."