THE BIG MATCH

The statistics show that Rotherham United have been the best team in npower League 2 over the last six games while Wycombe Wanderers have been the worst - and they meet at the New York Stadium.

The Millers have picked up 13 points from their last six matches to lift themselves up to eighth, only out of the Play-Off spots on goal difference behind Yorkshire rivals Bradford City.

It's been a good season so far for Steve Evans and his men and on Saturday they consolidated their form by beating high-flying Cheltenham Town 4-2.

Now they face the division's bottom side but Evans says he expects a difficult test.

He told www.themillers.co.uk: "I can say now we can expect a really tough evening against a decent team. Wanderers lost at Northampton Town [on Saturday] but it was an evenly contested match in which they were very unlucky to have lost.

"They have a manager who I respect and a number of talented players who can certainly play. They are a good footballing team who will fight hard and that has to be respected. I will watch some DVD recordings of their recent matches so I will know more again after that.

"We need to be focused and full of energy so I may look to change a few things for Wanderers' visit."

The Chairboys are without a win in six and have collected just two points in that time, both from 0-0 draws against the teams immediately above them in the table - Aldershot Town and Barnet.

They have fallen to the bottom of League 2 during a period that has also seen Gareth Ainsworth appointed as manager after a spell as caretaker boss following the departure of Gary Waddock.

And Ainsworth told www.wycombewanderers.co.uk: "We need to start putting our chances away, but we'll go again. We've got a big game on Tuesday so it's about getting the lads and the spirits right ahead of Rotherham. With a game Tuesday, the team could rotate around a little bit and some fresh legs could come in.

"I knew it was a big job and challenge when I took the job but I'm up for that. I will work as hard as I possibly can with these players to get things right. I've always said the table won't lie at the end of the season.

"It's worrying to be bottom of the table in April. It's not good to be there in November but at least we've got three or four months to sort it out."

KEEP AN EYE ON

Port Vale remain second in npower League 2 but will be looking to return to winning ways quickly at home to Bristol Rovers after going five games without a victory.

Four of those matches have been draws so their points tally has been ticking over although they now trail leaders Gillingham by seven points with Cheltenham Town one place behind them in third.

Micky Adams' men are in front of their own fans tonight and will be aiming to go one better than Saturday, when they let slip a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at home to York City.

Adams' assistant Mark Grew believes patience will be key tonight, telling The Sentinel: "We might well have to be patient. I think Bristol will come here looking for a draw like a lot of teams have. So we have to cut out the lapses at the back and keep our concentration.

"We didn't play particularly well on Saturday and nobody is more disappointed than the lads themselves because they know that's twice in the last two home games we've built a 2-0 lead and thrown it away.

"But I've heard people mention a crisis when we're still second in the league. We haven't won for five games, but we haven't lost either. But there are still 22 clubs who would gladly swap positions with us."

And while Vale are aiming to maintain their position in League 2's upper echelons, their opponents are trying to improve their standing and drag themselves away from the scrap below them.

Bristol Rovers are fourth from bottom following Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Rochdale, their fourth reverse in their last five League 2 fixtures.

They are three points clear of third-bottom Barnet and manager Mark McGhee is backing his team to improve, particularly when their injury situation eases, and is also looking for his players to go to Vale Park and "have a go".

He told www.bristolrovers.co.uk: "There is no reason why we shouldn't go there and have a go. We have got the first goal in the last four or five games and we have to find a way of stepping on from that and getting the second.

"They will see our results and see us as an opportunity to get three more points. They will look at our team and see people missing and they will be encouraged by that.

"I think we can expect a really aggressive performance, getting at us early doors, trying to score goals early on."

ELSEWHERE IN THE DIVISION

Leaders Gillingham have a healthy advantage at the top of npower League 2 and will be looking to press that home tonight when they welcome Exeter City to the Priestfield Stadium.

Martin Allen's Gills secured a last-gasp 2-1 victory over Morecambe on Saturday and that left them seven points clear at the summit with 12 wins from their 18 games.

Tonight they face an Exeter side that has recovered from a bad October run and on Saturday closed to within a point of the Play-Off places with a 1-0 win at Bradford City - who currently sit seventh.

Bradford have only won one of their last four matches, although they have also made progress in the Capital One Cup and FA Cup lately, and they have a home fixture with Plymouth Argyle to look forward to as they aim to bounce back from that defeat to Exeter.

Elsewhere, Cheltenham Town still sit third in the table and are on the road to Chesterfield, who are down in 16th.

With fifth-placed Rochdale not in midweek action the remaining teams in the Play-Off spots will be looking to make the most of the situation.

Fleetwood Town are fourth and can stretch their advantage over the teams behind them with a win at home to Accrington Stanley, while Burton Albion will go above Rochdale with at least a point at home to Aldershot Town.

Aldershot are second from bottom after Saturday's 1-1 draw away to AFC Wimbledon. The Shots are a point clear of bottom side Wycombe Wanderers, and in the bottom two having scored less goals than Barnet.

Barnet's form has picked up after a horrendous start to the season, lifting them out of the bottom two, albeit by the slimmest of margins, but it will be a big lift to them ahead of their home game with Oxford United.

Tonight's remaining two games see Northampton Town, in 11th, at home to 15th-placed Morecambe, while fifth-bottom AFC Wimbledon host Southend United, who sit 10th.

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