Phil Brown said that this weekend’s opponents, Colchester United have to be respected after their recent run of good form.
Colchester have won four games in the last five including an impressive 1-0 win against league leaders Lincoln City last weekend.
Brown hopes that his side’s victory over Notts County last weekend will be the start of a run of good form, because he knows that defeat can ruin a weekend.
“I’ve got a lively group full stop and we do seem to handle disappointment well – now, is that a bad sign? I don’t know. I certainly don’t handle disappointment well. Defeat is a horrible weekend, a horrible couple of days and sometimes I’m trying to break back into positivity.
“It’s nice to have Matty Taylor both sides of the fence – in the changing room and the coaches room. My feeling is that the place is bubbling this week – but I want that level of consistency, that run of games where we go undefeated. That would show me what this group are capable of.”
Colchester sit fifth in the league five points off the team they conquered last Saturday.
“The group we’re going to come up against on Saturday is somebody that we really have to respect – I was going to call say at Layer Road then, at Colchester’s home ground. There’s not doubt they have to be – four wins this month and two or three clean sheets.
“They beat Lincoln and that’s no mean feat. They managed to close them out and win the game 1-0 but if we can just get that belief with back-to-back wins then I don’t know how far we can take it.”
Brown was impressed with the qualities of his team and believes that the final cog of consistency is the only thing that is missing.
“The group is young, experienced, full of quality, workmanlike – if you can bring all that together you can cause the opposition problems. If you take Notts County as a snapshot of the season – one minute, we’re flying high and playing well, the next we’re behind and concede a goal. We finished the game strongly – we haven’t to understand that consistency starts at home, with each individual.”