PAUL RACHUBKA can't wait to face Sheffield Wednesday tonight and is determined to help Town chalk up three straight wins for the first time in a year.
Manager Peter Jackson reckons Rachubka had his best game since returning from Charlton in Friday's excellent victory at Hartlepool and has charged the 23-year-old with keeping another clean sheet in front of 16,000-plus at the Galpharm (7.45).
Rachubka (pictured) is relishing the challenge against Paul Sturrock's play-off chasers, who are third in the current form table, and would love to register successive blanks for only the second time this season.
"It's my first taste of playing Sheffield Wednesday and I'm really looking forward to it," said Rachubka, who will have a new face in front of him because of Nathan Clarke's suspension.
"Wednesday are doing well, pushing for the play-offs, and we are full of confidence after Friday night's win, so there's everything to play for.
"It won't be an easy game, but these derby matches are the best to play in and another clean sheet would be great to follow Friday's at Hartlepool."
Jackson, who has options on formation and personnel, added: "I thought Rabs was outstanding the other night and it was his best display since coming back to the club.
"Particularly when we were down to 10 men, he commanded the box, handled well, swept up and made great saves.
"He played his part superbly in what was a tremendous defensive effort from the whole team."
While Wednesday have both Chris Brunt and Glenn Whelan back after international duty following the 2-2 draw against Torquay, Jackson selects from an unchanged squad including new signing Danny Adams.
Left out because of a lack of preparation against Hartlepool, Adams is in contention tonight along with Nat Brown, although Town also have midfielders Lee Fowler, Michael Collins and Danny Schofield pushing for a start should Jackson opt to change the 3-5-2 formation which proved successful at Victoria Park.
"Wednesday will be determined to bounce back after dropping points at home to Torquay, so we will need to be up and at 'em from the start," said Jackson.
"We haven't won three games on the trot for a long time, so this is a big opportunity and we want to make the most of it in front of what will be a big crowd.
"With our fans right behind us and creating a great atmosphere, the aim is to build on Friday's performance. We are expecting a very tough derby, but we know we can win if we do the business for the full 90 minutes."
Town haven't lost at home in eight matches since Bradford won at the Galpharm in December.
Andy Booth needs just one goal against his former club to become the fourth top scorer in Town history with 109 to his name.