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Tighten It Up

4 September 2015

Boss looking for team to be stronger.

Tony said: "The break gives us some extra time to prepare for the Chesterfield game and the areas that we need to work on are pretty evident.

Defensive drills are a regular part of the weekly routine, but have come in for particular attention this week.

They are yet to notch their first win of the season despite some positive performances, and the team's efforts at Florence Park this week have had a strong defensive focus.

The U's were left with no game due to Sheffield United's international commitments, which has presented the opportunity to reflect on the first month of the season for boss Tony Humes and his players.

Colchester United have a free weekend this Saturday - but the hard work hasn't stopped on the training ground this week.

"There are basics that the players need to do better, but they are professionals and know that we need to react better to certain things within the game.

"It is just little bits and pieces - we're not a million miles away - but there are areas we can do better in."

Tony made eight additions to his squad over the summer transfer window and he is confident that those fresh faces are guiding the team in the right direction as the season begins to take shape.

He added: " "There's no reason to panic just yet as w

"It is just the element of consistency that we are seeking. We saw the benefits of that last season and we can do that again.

I'm confident in the players that we have at the club. We've brought in experience and those players have shown they can do what is required in the past. e've got time to put it right, but we need to start doing it soon.

"We are getting better at how we want to play on the ball, but the parts of the game off the ball is where we have to get better."
"No-one plays in straight lines these days, and so we know that we need to make it more difficult for our opponents by using our shape to our advantage.

He said: "You look at the team structure and there's room to rotate or change within that.

Macauley Bonne has notched three goals in six games whilst leading the line in recent weeks and Tony is keen for his players to make the most of the benefits that the team's chosen formation offers.

Team shape and formation has also come under the microscope this week as the U's look for the formula that will give them the three points to kick start their campaign.

"Teams are perhaps defending a little deeper this season to lessen the threat of our counter attack - something we are very good at - so we need to be cleverer at times to upset other teams.

"Sometimes our formation is of a benefit, because you've got players playing in holes where centre halves don't want to come out to, to engage them.

"You don't always have to go wide and get in behind when you have players in those areas and I thought we played well through the middle on Tuesday, but we have to get the final end product with it.

"We are trying to get all aspects into our game going forward, but we have to make sure we stop the other team scoring too."

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