BEN Stevenson is confident Colchester United’s squad depth can play its part in helping them achieve success this season.

The 21-year-old has had three different midfield partners in their U’s last two games, playing alongside both Tom Lapslie and Diaz Wright in the 1-1 draw at Macclesfield Town, having started with Harry Pell against Cheltenham Town the previous week.

Injuries to both Pell and Lapslie have led to enforced changes in Colchester’s central midfield, over the last two games.

But Wright, Tom Eastman and Callum Roberts all came on against the Sillkmen and the U’s named a strong bench, with Luke Norris, Brennan Dickenson and Mikael Mandron all unused substitutes.

Stevenson is adamant that the strength of their squad will help them in the coming weeks, after John McGreal’s side claimed seven points from a possible nine.

Stevenson said: “The depth in the squad is really good and anyone can come in and do the job we need to do.

“Tom Lapslie and Diaz Wright both did really well and I like playing with all of them.

“Seven points out of nine is not a bad return, over the last three games.

“We’ve won two and drawn one and we take every game as it comes.

“We’re trying to win every game and now we move onto next week.

“We’re at home against Carlisle on Saturday and we’re looking forward to it.”

Frank Nouble’s penalty ensured Colchester claimed a point from their first visit to the Moss Rose in nearly 20 years, after Scott Wilson had given Macclesfield the lead just before the break.

“It’s a good away point as it’s a hard place to come,” said Stevenson, who joined Colchester on a permanent basis last month from Wolves.

“Credit to Macclesfield – they did what they came out to do and they did it really well.

“We were a bit wasteful with the chances we did create and we didn’t create as many as we’d have wanted.

“I think before the game we were looking to get the three points.

“But at half-time, I think we’d have taken a point out of the game.

“The first-half performance wasn’t good enough all round and we needed to up it.

“It was a disappointing time for us to concede just before half-time.

“Even though we weren’t playing well, we were defending well from corners and set pieces.

“To concede just before half-time wasn’t ideal.

“We came out well in the second half and got the goal early and we could have won it, with the chances that we had.

“The plan was to come out and get a goal as soon as we could and then try and win the game.

“We were a lot better in the second half considering the pitch wasn’t the best but a point was probably fair in the end.”

Colchester’s passing game was restricted by the unpredictable Moss Rose pitch but midfielder Stevenson insists that is something they have to get used to.

He added: “We like to play and the conditions restricted us from doing that.

“We had to adapt and we did that – that’s when we started to get on the ball better as well as we could and we got back into the game.

“The pitch was really hard to play on but I suppose in League Two, they’re the sort of pitches you have to play on sometimes.

“It’s part of the game and you have to adapt and I want to add that to my game.

“I have to get used to a bit more and you have to know that not every week is going to be getting on the ball, creating chances and free-flowing football.

“If we can add that to our game as well, then all the better.”