Rovers aim for seventh win... Oxford in good shape

Michael Appleton. Picture: Joe Pepler
Michael Appleton. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Bristol Rovers’ sixth successive victory has put them in pole position to claim the third automatic promotion spot.

And they will attempt to cement that advantage during today’s trip to Carlisle.

Certainly plenty of League Two eyes will be trained on that result in today’s full fixture programme.

Only Paul Cook’s side kick-off before 3pm, ensuring their match at AFC Wimbledon (12.45pm) will have finished by the time rivals take to the field.

As it stands, Rovers sit in third place, ahead of Plymouth on goal difference, yet very much the form team of the division.

Argyle have slipped off the pace of late, although collected a first win in five with a 2-0 victory at Morecambe on Friday.

Today they entertain a York side seven points adrift in the League Two relegation zone and without a win in eight matches.

Of that depressing sequence, six have ended in defeat to leave the Minstermen facing dropping out of the Football League.

Michael Appleton’s Oxford United are presently in second spot, four points clear of Bristol Rovers.

They were held to a 1-1 home draw by Stevenage on Friday, to end a run of consecutive victories, but remain in good shape.

Now the U’s travel to a Cambridge United side who have won one of their last four fixtures and currently occupy 11th spot.

Considering Northampton will claim the league title long before the campaign ends, the remaining side above Pompey are Accrington.

John Coleman’s team have a trip to 17th-place Newport County, who recently won at Fratton Park 3-0.

Incidentally, the Exiles have picked up one point from a potential nine since defeating Paul Cook’s side.

Wycombe are the final side in the play-off spots at present and unbeaten in four.

They beat Mansfield 1-0 on Friday and are three points behind Pompey, with a far inferior goal difference.

In eighth spot – and one place outside the play-offs – are Leyton Orient.

They host Hartlepool, currently in 21st place.