Martin Rowlands is targeting the play-offs

MARTIN Rowlands insists that Colchester United can mount a strong challenge for the play-offs, during the final couple of months of the season.

Rowlands has played a key role in the U’s resurgence, since his arrival from QPR just over five weeks ago.

The 33-year-old midfielder has only suffered one defeat in his six appearances for the U’s, and today he is relishing a test at one of his former clubs, Wycombe Wanderers.

Rowlands played 10 league games on loan at Adams Park last season. He has a soft spot for the Chairboys, but that won’t stop him wanting to inflict a damaging defeat on the relegation-haunted hosts.

A third win on the bounce would almost certainly catapult the U’s a little nearer to the top six, and that is where Rowlands has set his sights.

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“On the back of the results we have recently had, we are six points off the play-offs with two games in hand,” explained Rowlands.

“I know there are a few other teams around there, but there’s no reason why we can’t make a big push for the play-offs.

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“We’re up to 10th, and if we can keep up this form, who is to say we can’t make a push for it?” added Rowlands.

U’s boss John Ward is set to name an unchanged side for today’s game, following the 2-0 win at Charlton on Tuesday evening,

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