Colchester United’s Sam Walker admitted his side are in deep trouble after the hammer-blow of their 2-1 defeat by Tranmere Rovers.

The goalkeeper described the setback as one of his worst since joining the club.

But he remains convinced his team can come out with “all guns blazing” in their final five fixtures and preserve their League One status.

Only goal difference is now keeping them above the trap door after slipping to their fourth straight defeat.

“I’m bitterly disappointed,” said the former Chelsea keeper.

“It’s one of the worst results I’ve had since I’ve been here. It’s right up there.

“But we have to pick ourselves up again because we’re really in trouble now."

For five pages of coverage of Colchester's game against Tranmere, see Monday's Daily Gazette.