Colchester United manager Joe Dunne hopes his players can show their mental strength to secure League One status and avoid relegation.
Colchester United and Leyton Orient players are backing a local anti-knife campaign today.
But manager says players' are ready for League One survival battle
Colchester United have signed striker Dan Holman from Conference club Braintree Town.
The 24-year-old has agreed a two-year contract with the U's, and had recently spent time on trial with Southend United.
Holman scored 13 goals for Braintree last season, and previously played for Histon.
“Dan is a player we have watched on many occasions over the past two seasons and we’re delighted we were able to bring him in," manager Joe Dunne said.
“He gives us another option in the forward areas of the pitch and has the ability to create and score goals for us.”
Colchester United have completed a hat-trick of signings.
Goalkeeper Chris Lewington (25) has joined from Dagenham & Redbridge.
Left back Ben Gordon has signed a two-year deal with Colchester after playing in Scotland for a year. He joined Chelsea from Leeds United as a teenager.
And right back Sean Clohessy (27) has also moved south of the border from Kilmarnock.
All three signings trained with their new team mates at Florence Park.
Colchester United manager Joe Dunne believes their battle for League One survival will go to the last weekend of the season - but hopes they can secure their safety by beating promoted Brentford on Saturday.
The U's are just a point above the relegation zone in 18th place after drawing 0-0 at fellow strugglers Crewe on Bank Holiday Monday.
A lack of goals has contributed to their struggles this season, but the U's have had their fair share of bad luck too.
"We were looking at some stuff and we believe we've hot the woodwork I think sixteen times this season," revealed Dunne while looking ahead to Saturday's game.
"It's incredible, but you only get goals when they go in the net. The good thing is we are creating chances. That's been important.
"I think overall this season I've been pleased with the amount of chances we've created. However, we do need to take a few."
Colchester United manager Joe Dunne believes his team should be higher up the table as they scrap for League One survival. The U's are just two points ahead of the bottom four ahead of their game with Crewe. Only goal difference separates the two clubs, with the U's two places above in 18th.
Speaking ahead of the trip to Gresty Road, Dunne said 'No one's happy to be in the position where we are, and we get to this situation where its still in our hands to avoid relegation. Its not in my DNA to keep hanging on and hanging on. As a group we should be better than where we are'.
Everton have recalled left-back Luke Garbutt from his loan spell at Colchester United, following a serious injury to Bryan Oviedo.
Costa Rica international Oviedo suffered a horrific double leg break in Saturday's FA Cup win over Stevenage, and the Toffees have now taken the decision to bring back Garbutt as cover for Leighton Baines.
Garbutt was a regular during his time in Essex, making 20 appearances and scoring three times.
Colchester United have signed Alie Sesay from Leicester on loan for the rest of the season.
The 20-year-old defender could feature in the squad for Tuesday's game against Shrewsbury.
Colchester United have signed Chelsea goalkeeper Sam Walker on an 18-month contract.
The 22-year-old has enjoyed two successful loan spells in Essex, with his latest stint ending after last weekend's impressive 4-2 win over Carlisle United.
"I'm delighted that we've signed Sam (Walker) for the next 18 months," manager Joe Dunne told the club's official website.
"He is another young and hungry young footballer who has decided to come here and play, which is great testament to what we are doing here at Colchester United."
Colchester United have announced that midfielder Andy Bond has left the club.
Bond made 128 appearances for the U's and scored 13 goals. The 27-year-old, who joined the club in 2010, has had his contract terminated by mutual consent.
More details on the club website.
Colchester United have extended Luke Garbutt's loan spell from Everton by a further month.
The 20-year-old was due to return to Goodison Park after his previous agreement expired last weekend, but the Toffees have now granted permission for him to stay until early February.
The U's were desperate to keep the talented full-back, who has made 18 appearances since initially joining in September.
"It's great that we have been able to extend Luke's time here," manager Joe Dunne told the club's official website.
"He has shown his qualities in his time here, both defensively and when he attacks, and we were obviously keen to keep him longer.
"I'd like to thank Everton for allowing it to happen and I'd like to think that we've given him valuable experience and development towards becoming a Premier League player for them."
Colchester United loanee Elliot Lee has returned to parent club West Ham after the completion of his loan deal.
The youngster joined the U's last month and went on to make four appearances for the League One club during his time in Essex.
His only goal for Joe Dunne's side couldn't have come in more dramatic fashion as he hit an injury time equaliser in a 2-2 draw with Rotherham United three weeks ago.