SWINDON Town manager Richie Wellens says he does not need to motivate his players ahead of “the biggest game of the season” on Saturday.

Town take on arch-rivals Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium in the first league meeting between the pair since February 2017 – the last time Swindon were in League One.

With the Robins enduring a difficult time against the Yellows since the turn of the century in league and cup, Wellens will be desperate to be the first man to bring three points back to Wiltshire since the late Andy King in March 2001.

And the current Town boss suggested an unorthodox method of gaining the upper hand in Saturday’s derby.

Wellens said: “I don’t need to motivate them (the players) – it’s probably the biggest game of the season, irrespective of when it is in the league.

Firmly tongue-in-cheek, Wellens continued: “What I want to do, is I want all the Swindon supporters to hire out a load of open-top busses and drive to the car park behind the goal – because Oxford have only got three stands – so if they park behind the one with no stand, they can see the game.

“Maybe that little bit of extra support will give us a little bit more confidence, it will help us keep a clean sheet and we can win.”

If Town are to pick up their first league win against Oxford in 19 years, the club’s defenders will need to have a good game.

And Wellens may well have more options to choose from too if Dion Donohue continues his recovery from a groin problem in time.

The Town boss aired his frustrations once again at the number of injuries being picked up by his back line and stated that an inconsistency in team selection is not doing Swindon’s ability to pick up results any favours.

Wellens said: “Dion Donohue tweaked his groin earlier this week, but he might be fit for Saturday.

“But if I were to pick a back four, and everyone was fit, there would be an argument to say my best back four would be Rob Hunt, Dion Donohue, Dion Conroy, and Zeki Fryers – and we haven’t got any of them.

“Take away the big boys in this league, if you gave that situation to most teams in this league, they would struggle.

“And that’s probably why we’re not keeping clean sheets – because we’re having to chop and change our defenders and we’re not getting any rhythm in terms of consistency in our selection.”