This is Des Buckingham's latest column written exclusively for the Oxford Mail.

After a long trip to Carlisle and Blackpool recently it’s nice to only have the short trip up the M40 to Wycombe for our fans today.

It’s been good to hear talk about whether it is a derby but I think we all know Swindon will always be the main one for anyone associated with the club although it's always nice to have some healthy rivalry amongst other clubs close by.

We go into this game in a healthier position and growing stronger with each recent game.

We drew with the leaders Portsmouth, drew in (another) derby against Reading and then should have won at Blackpool last weekend but had to settle for another point.

On Tuesday night we beat Wigan and we have seen the importance of those players coming from the bench in all the games above and how important our squad will be entering this final third of the season.

The first thirty minutes on Tuesday we were not where we wanted or needed to be and it took Josh Murphy's goal just before halftime to ensure we went into the break with a platform to work from.

We made some changes to our play and a personal change to start the second half and saw a much better performance throughout the remainder of the game, further strengthened by the players coming off the bench.

With players now returning to bolster our squad it can take a game or two for them to find that match sharpness and fitness but it was good to see Ruben Rodrigues and Tyler Goodrham scoring with others stepping up to that challenge against a good Wigan team.

The competition for places in the squad is there and can be seen on a daily basis now in training and that’s what you want if we are to continue pushing and progressing where we all want.

We have kept ourselves in a good position in the league and Tuesday extended a run of four games consecutive games where we have picked up points.

There will be a lot of changing of positions and different results around us over the coming weeks but we only have control over what we do so we must just concentrate on ourselves and keep working together.

We are playing at Adam’s Park today and it’s amazing the difference a little apostrophe can make.

It’s not usually in the ground’s name, Adams Park is the formal title, but today Wycombe have changed the name in honour of 17-year-old Adam Ankers, who passed away earlier this month after suffering a cardiac arrest while playing football for the club.

I think that’s a wonderful gesture from Wycombe and we will respect the occasion, if you are going along then please help us do that.

It’s a small reminder that as much as we all love the game, there are more important things and we send our love to his family from everyone at Oxford.