THE BIG MATCH

Since hitting rock bottom of The Football League on November 17th, Gareth Ainsworth's Wycombe Wanderers have been resurgent and they will hope to continue their good form at home to Bradford City on Tuesday.

The Chairboys have been transformed by the 39-year-old and have lost only twice since a 3-1 defeat to Northampton Town in November which left them 24th in npower League 2.

They have won their last three, which has lifted them to 11th and just five points off the Play-Offs, and boss Ainsworth wants to see the form continued at Adams Park, where his team is starting to shine.

"It's one of our games in hand," the manager told www.wycombewanderers.co.uk. "It's almost like we've earned this right to have a little crack at the table.

"We'll have a go to see where we can project ourselves to. I said to the boys 'you've earned the right for this game on Tuesday'. I'm sure that the team I put out will believe that they can go and win the game and I believe we can.

"At home we're turning this place [Adams Park] into a good fortress and I'm pleased for the boys."

Bradford, meanwhile, have gone off the boil since they dumped Arsenal out of the Capital One Cup. Following that famous night at Valley Parade, Phil Parkinson's men have managed just one win in the league, on Boxing Day, and that run of results has seen them drop to 12th.

The Bantams went on to book their place in the Final by beating Aston Villa, but drew 2-2 with Fleetwood Town and lost 1-0 to Gillingham in the two games that followed their semi-final second leg tie against Villa.

And Parkinson is eager to pick up some points before their Wembley showdown against Swansea City on February 24th.

He told the Telegraph and Argus: "There's no way we're walking out at Wembley without getting some more points in the bag.

"That won't be doing ourselves justice. We're better than being a mid-table team.

"This was a big game [against Gillingham on Saturday] but we've got two cup finals [Wycombe and AFC Wimbledon] coming up now before the cup final. We've got to make sure we fight and scrap for every ball and play to our maximum."

KEEP AN EYE ON

Gillingham have the chance to move back to the top of the League 2 pile when they visit York City.

The Gills surrendered top spot to Port Vale in recent weeks and now trail them by two points but will return to the summit if they win their game in hand, against the Minstermen.

And they have prepared perfectly for Tuesday night's fixture, with a five-day break in Yorkshire following a 1-0 win at Bradford on Saturday.

That win against the Bantams was a club record-equaling 10th away victory of the season, and manager Martin Allen wants to surpass that total at Bootham Crescent.

"We want to hammer that record," the former Barnet boss explained to Kent Online.

"We don't set out to break a record but I suppose it is nice to be part of the history of the football club and without a doubt we are going to be record breakers.

"It's special to equal it and it's going to be brilliant when we beat it. How good is it to be manager and to equal a record for away league wins in one season?

"I hugged everyone as they came through the dressing room door on Saturday and told them how proud I was."

Torquay United are the only team to beat a travelling Gillingham and that was back in October. York will be aiming to become the second team but they will be up against it, particularly as they have conceded four goals in each of their last two games - both of which ended in defeat.

Boss Gary Mills was disappointed after their 4-0 defeat to Wycombe at the weekend, but insists he and his team will get out of the "mess" they're in - they haven't won since New Year's Day and have slipped to 18th in the division.

He told York Press: "We know that and there's no hiding or excuses. We have had two very disappointing weekends, conceding four goals in our last two matches and that's not good enough.

"We are going through a bad spell but you have to live with that. We've worked hard to get where we are and it's now a time to stick together - that's very important.

"I believe I have a dressing room of players that will work hard to get us out of this mess and I have to pick the right team. The last two results suggest that maybe I haven't.

"But players have to take responsibility because I rely on them for my job. I enjoy my job and I don't pick teams to lose games.

"It's a testing time and testing for me as manager, but I am going to come through it."

ELSEWHERE IN THE DIVISION

With third-placed Burton Albion are not in action, Southend United and Cheltenham Town have an opportunity to replace the Brewers in the automatic promotion places and they meet at Roots Hall.

The home side are down in seventh on 47 points, three adrift of Burton but with a healthy goal advantage, and come into the tie unbeaten in three.

The travelling Robins, meanwhile, are fifth and trail the Brewers by a single point. They aren't on form though, having registered just one win in seven.

If the game at Roots Hall ends level, Fleetwood Town have a chance to move into the top three, providing they win in their match against Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium.

The Cod Army beat Torquay United 1-0 last time out and that left them on 47 points, within a single win of Burton, and with a much healthier goal difference.

Oxford were making a surge for the Play-Offs, winning four consecutive games either side of the new year, but they are now without a win in four, and lost three of those.

Rotherham United are one point further back of Fleetwood, in ninth, and have the opportunity to move into the top seven when they take on Torquay, who will be eager to bounce back from that weekend defeat to the Cod Army.

The remaining fixture in npower League 2 sees Morecambe entertain Aldershot Town. The Shrimps lost at home for the first time in 11 matches last time out, going down 3-0 to Exeter City, so will want to get back to winning ways at the Globe Arena.

They come up against a Shots side that will be fighting for their lives having slipped into the relegation zone after a 2-1 loss to Plymouth Argyle on Saturday.

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