Jones: These Are The Games We Want

Stand-in skipper Gethin Jones is relishing the heat of battle in the League One promotion race.

Jones will again lead out Wanderers in the absence of the injured Ricardo Almeida Santos when Ian Evatt’s men take on Accrington Stanley tonight.

Stanley are scrapping for survival while Wanderers will be looking for the win that will put them just two points away from a guaranteed play-off place.

And Jones insists he wouldn’t have it any other way as Wanderers head into their final three matches of the regular season.

“These are the games you want to play in and you want to be involved in,” said the Wanderers’ defender.

“I’ve been at clubs before where you’re playing the last five games and there’s nothing to play for.

“It’s not something you actually enjoy. It might be more relaxed but this is the position you want to be in as a footballer.

“For this football club, as I’ve always said, I should be back in the big leagues, so hopefully we can get the job done.

“We know what Accy are going to be all about. We’ve played them twice already this season and they’re going to make it very difficult for us.

“They’re fighting for their lives and fighting for every single point they can get. We’ll take our game to them, go into it with confidence and hopefully come out with three points.”

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Wanderers are targeting a second successive home win against Stanley before closing their home programme against Fleetwood Town on Saturday.

The Whites are also looking to build on a seven-match unbeaten run which has grown in momentum since hitting back to draw at then-league leaders Sheffield Wednesday in the middle of last month.

“It’s a feel-good factor,” added Jones, a key part of the Wanderers’ back line which has conceded a joint league low of 33 goals this season.

“The manager said that before the Sheffield Wednesday game we had that good week’s training with everyone back onto it every day in training.

“The performances have kicked on from there. We are going into every game confident.

“The lads who aren’t playing who are itching to play are supportive on the bench and we recognise that on the pitch. We’re all supporting each other and that’s getting us over the line in games.”

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