WYCOMBE defender Dave Winfield admits he is relishing the prospect of a derby battle this weekend.

The 23-year-old was back in the heart of the defence for Wanderers in their midweek win over Leyton Orient after missing the previous two games suspended.

It was a win that lifted them off the foot of League One and closer to safety but further highlighted their frustrating inconsistency this term.

And that inability to string together two positive results in a row will be severley tested by Colchester United at Adams Park on Saturday.

The U’s have given themselves a play-off boost by beating Preston on Saturday and ending league leaders Charlton’s unbeaten home record at The Valley on Tuesday night.

In the process, they have scored five goals and kept two clean-sheets but Winfield is ready for the challenge.

He said: “It has been frustrating sitting out and watching the boys but I have done the crime to have to do the time. It is all part and parcel of the way I play so I have to take it on the chin.

“Our problem has been our consistency and you only need to look at our results this season to see that. We’ve dropped points against teams we have expected to beat and got results against teams we might not have expected to so it is a bit upside down.

“It is now very important that we back this up with, at least, another performance on Saturday.

“It is another home game and we will be looking to pick up a result. We are on our patch and we want to make it hard for teams. I do like a derby game so we will go out there and work as hard as we did tonight.”

The centre back was happy to form an immediate partnership with on-loan Charlton man Gary Doherty and hopes it is a relationship that can inspire Wycombe to safety.

“Whoever plays alongside him will benefit from his experience,” he said. “He is a nice lad and we have spoken quite a bit this week and got to know him and it seemed to work quite well.”

Blues boss Gary Waddock will also be hoping the pair can help tighten up a leaky Blues defence with his side now the seventh-highest scorers in the division.

"The big thing is can we back up what we have done tonight,” he said. “Colchester have got an excellent result tonight (2-0 at Charlton) and will be full of confidence. But we need to play like we did tonight and we give ourselves a chance.”