THE BIG MATCH

Exeter City possess one of the best away records in npower League 2 and they travel to Vale Park on Tuesday night to meet Port Vale, who could go top of the table with a win.

The Grecians come into the midweek schedule sitting in the final Play-Off place and their strong position is mainly due to their form away from home - they have registered 10 wins on their travels, compared to just five at St James' Park.

Paul Tisdale's men suffered a defeat on the road last time out, though - 4-2 against third-placed Burton Albion - and that was another game in which they have lost against a team challenging alongside them at the top end of the table.

Tisdale told the Western Morning News: "We seem to have a mixed bag against the top teams away from home. We have conceded three and four against Cheltenham Town, Northampton Town and Burton Albion and yet we have beaten Gillingham [league leaders].

"I am hoping it will be another day like when we won at Gillingham, or how we played at Southend, although we lost that day. I am hoping we can find a performance and there is no reason why we can't."

It'll be difficult for the Devon side, however, as they face second in the table Port Vale, who will be eager to pile the pressure on Gillingham by picking up three points.

The Valiants have lost just twice in their last 12 outings, although both of them came at home, to Morecambe and Fleetwood Town.

They were victorious away to Torquay United at the weekend, and experienced defender Darren Purse is eager for the team to keep pushing forward.

"There is a lot of work to be done and we can't rest on our laurels yet," Purse explained to www.port-vale.co.uk.

"There are still a lot of points to pick up and we need to reproduce the form we showed at the weekend at Torquay and in previous weeks.

"You look at the performance against Morecambe when we got beaten 1-0 - we didn't deserve to lose the game, so the performances are there.

"You are going to get your blips but it is all about how you bounce back and the way we bounced back on Saturday at Torquay was fantastic and we've got another test with a top-seven side coming to Vale Park."

KEEP AN EYE ON

Two sides locked in the relegation scrap meet at the Cherry Red Records Stadium as AFC Wimbledon host bottom of the table Plymouth Argyle.

The Wombles have turned their form around of late having lost just twice since the turn of the year, and they beat Dagenham and Redbridge 1-0 on Saturday to take them off the bottom of the table, to be replaced by the Pilgrims who lost 1-0 at Northampton Town.

New AFC Wimbledon signing Brennan Dickenson, who joined the club on a one-month loan from Brighton and Hove Albion, featured in that win against the Daggers and he is confident they can pick up more points in the coming weeks.

He told Dons Player: "Hopefully, during the month I am here, we can win more games.

"It was a great result on Saturday [against Dagenham] and all the boys were buzzing after the game. If we can work hard and show the same attitude on Tuesday, then hopefully we can push on and get another good result."

Plymouth's loss to Northampton was their second successive 1-0 defeat and those two results came after a period of good form in which they gained eight points from four matches.

A win could lift the Pilgrims off the bottom and even back out of the relegation zone - they trail Barnet, and safety, by just two points - and coach Gary Owers is not daunted by the task ahead.

"It will be a very competitive game [against AFC Wimbledon]. It's a small pitch, tight surroundings and a good atmosphere," the 44-year-old former Sunderland, Bristol City and Notts County defender explained to the Plymouth Herald.

"It's a game we are going to look forward to and, hopefully, bring something back to Plymouth at the end of it.

"Why would you not look forward to it? We aren't going into games with fear. We are going into games trying to get out of the situation we are in.

"It has been a horrible weekend, the result was disappointing and you come off the pitch and you find yourself at the foot of the table.

"But we haven't got to wait a week to try to resolve the issue. This game has come around very quickly.

"We have got 13 games to go and, the way I look at it, we have got to improve our position by two places to avoid relegation."

ELSEWHERE IN THE DIVISION

Accrington Stanley are the other side occupying a relegation spot, alongside Plymouth, and they meet Rochdale at Spotland on Tuesday night.

Stanley find themselves one point from safety and without a win in seven but will take confidence from their weekend result having come close to beating promotion hopefuls Cheltenham Town, only to draw 2-2, whereas Rochdale come into the game having drawn three of their last five.

The side tinkering just above the relegation zone is Barnet and they will be aiming to move clear of the bottom two when they host Southend United.

Southend have won three of their last four games on the road - form that has put them just two points adrift of the Play-Offs - while Barnet are undefeated in their last three outings, despite their lowly position.

The team level on 50 points with eighth-placed Southend is Fleetwood Town and they entertain sixth-placed Cheltenham Town.

Elsewhere, York City will continue their search for a win - the Minstermen haven't tasted victory since New Year's Day - when they visit Rotherham United at the New York Stadium. Gary Mills' men haven't won on the road since a 3-2 success at Rochdale on December 1st.

Other promotion contenders include fourth-placed Northampton Town, Burton Albion, in third, and table-toppers Gillingham, and they are all at home against Bristol Rovers, Morecambe and Oxford United respectively.

The Cobblers are level on points with fifth-placed Rotherham and could rise above Burton if they get a victory and other results go their way, but the Brewers have won their last seven at the Pirelli Stadium, while Gillingham will being aiming to make it three wins on the spin to maintain top spot.

The remaining matches in npower League 2 on Tuesday see 20th-placed Aldershot Town, who have won their last two without conceding, travel to mid-table Chesterfield, and Torquay United host Wycombe Wanderers, who have lost three on the bounce.

On Wednesday, meanwhile, Bradford City are back in league action following Sunday's Capital One Cup Final defeat to Swansea City. The Bantams have a home match with Dagenham and Redbridge, who are managerless following John Still's appointment at Luton Town.

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