Both managers were able to talk up the positives of a closely-fought encounter at the B2net Stadium as Colchester won 1-0 at Chesterfield to record a second away victory thanks to Michail Antonio's first-half strike.
It was Chesterfield's second defeat in eight days but manager John Sheridan was able to echo Colchester boss John Ward by taking an upbeat view of the game.
He said: "I thought we played really well, the goal was a poor one on our behalf and gave Colchester something to hang onto but I was really pleased with lots of our game today."
"I thought we had great opportunities to get back into the game and on another day we could have scored four or five goals. It's a shame for the players' efforts that they didn't get anything out of the game.
"We played some really really good stuff, people will look at the result and say, 'They've got beat again' because that's what they look at but I will take a lot of positives out of it and I've been very pleased with the way we've played in the last five or six games. We've got to carry on with what we are doing and believe in what we are doing and hopefully results will turn for us.
"Anyone who was at the game will see we had some good, good chances to score goals through very good football. We got punished for being sloppy and it's just a shame for all the effort from the players that we didn't get back in the game."
Ward was equally pleased with the way his team went about their work on a hot October day. He said: "I thought it was an excellent performance throughout the 90 minutes.
"You always want the extra goal to make things comfortable if you can but there was a real positive approach to our play right the way through, we still kept searching for that second goal and that was the biggest thing that pleased me most.
"Chesterfield had won 4-1 here in their previous game and they've got really good strikers. We talked about (Leon) Clarke and (Craig) Westcarr, who are a real handful and my two centre-backs have had a busy, busy afternoon but they've kept a lot of the play in front of them and dealt with those two players extremely well. I was really pleased with the team all the way through today.
"The players looked very strong, very fit and very organised today. We try and do that every week and sometimes when it doesn't come off you get a bit upset with them but I've got a group of guys who give their lot."
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