SWINDON Town manager John Sheridan says his side must go into tonight's A420 derby with a winning mentality.

The Robins are aiming for their first league double over Oxford United since 2000/01 after winning the reverse fixture at The Kassam Stadium in November.

Neither team is in great form, with the U's winless in six matches and their rivals tasting victory in just three of their last 12 outings.

But Swindon, who are back at the County Ground for the visit of Gillingham on Saturday, have triumphed in their last two home games.

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Sheridan challenged his players to make it three in a row as they look to put distance between themselves and the Sky Bet League One relegation zone.

He said: "I think the lads know, it’s a massive game for us.

"The supporters, I know they won’t be there, but it’s a massive game for them against their local rivals.

"It would be a good scalp to claim, and it would give us confidence especially leading into another big game at home.

"These two games at home are big – we’ve won our last two at home, so we’ve got to carry that on.

"Oxford are a technically good team, they’ve got a good manager.

"I know they haven’t won in five or six, but previously to that they were on a really good run.

"It’s a game we can win, and that’s the mentality we’ve got to go in with."