The U's were knocked out of the FA Cup by League One Wigan Athletic on Sunday afternoon, but there were encouraging signs from Colchester United, according to Hayden Mullins.
A Callum Lang brace sandwiched Freddie Sears' superb strike, with the Latics heading through to the Third Round of the competition.
But despite the loss, there were plenty of positive signs in the game, and U's boss Hayden Mullins wants his side to carry that confidence into their next league match, on Wednesday evening at Bradford City.
The Bantams will be looking to win their first game since the end of October, after a five-match winless run in the league, but the U's know it will be no easy task heading to Valley Parade and one of the biggest crowds in the division.
"We finished the game off well against Wigan, had a few corners but we just couldn't quite get that break. We even had Jake (Turner) up there for a couple of corners, he's our biggest player, so he was always going to be a threat.
"It drummed up a bit of atmosphere and a bit of pressure. It's always good when the fans see the goalkeeper trotting forward, it raises it a little bit. We wanted to try and get it to drop to one of our more comfortable strikers in the box, but it didn't, and now we look ahead to the league game.
"We've had a pretty quick turnover since Sunday, which is good. Wednesday will be a totally different game to what we faced on Sunday, but we'll be ready for whatever challenges they bring. "
Watch the full interview on the Col U TV midweek show on Wednesday evening.
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