PETER JACKSON has left his Town players in no doubt what is expected at Swindon tonight (7.45).
"A much improved performance and bags of character," was the answer when quizzed about Town's objectives in Wiltshire.
It's a reflection of Jackson's determination to end a run of six matches without a win which has dropped Town to 14th in the League I table and dented their play-off hopes.
Town, playing for the first time since their 2-1 defeat by Wrexham 11 days ago, are without experienced duo Andy Booth and Steve Yates tonight, but Efe Sodje returns at the heart of defence, where David Mirfin should pass a fitness test.
Jackson will make his selection from a squad of 18 following the withdrawal yesterday of utility player Nat Brown and, whatever the final line-up, he expects nothing less than 100%.
"In the Wrexham game we had probably eight players well below par and I want to see a massive improvement on that tonight," said the manager.
"If we are to take anything from this game we are going to have to play to a very high standard because Swindon are a decent side who like to make life difficult for you.
"I've seen them this season, Taff has watched them and, on each occasion, we've been impressed with how they've played.
"If we fall below a high standard tonight then we could be in trouble, but the lads have trained well, I get the impression they are keen to get playing again and I want to see that reflected on the pitch."
Jackson would not be drawn on whether leading scorer Pawel Abbott might play as a loan striker, like he did in the goalless draw at Colchester last month.
That could free up an opportunity for Lee Fowler to make a rare start, although Junior Mendes could play as a straight swap for Booth.
"Swindon are playing well at the moment despite their draw at home to Notts County in the FA Cup and we need to be aware of that," added Jackson.
"I'll make sure David Mirfin is okay before finally naming the side, but everyone knows how important it is for us to start picking up points again and, hopefully, this 10-day break will have done us good in that respect.
"After a disappointing result you ideally don't want a long lay-off, but we've trained positively and, having had the weekend off, I'm hoping the lads will be re-charged for what is a big Christmas period coming up.
"A good positive performance is what we're after, I'm very much looking forward to seeing the lads produce just that and if we play well, then there's no reason why we can't take the points."
Former Town favourite Steve Jenkins, who has signed an 18-month contract for Swindon manager Andy King after a loan spell in October, will fill the right wing-back slot against his former club.
Striker Christian Roberts is expected to return up front (at the expense of Rory Fallon) alongside Sam Parkin, who was voted Footballer of the Year at the regional BBC Sports Personality awards.
Former Portsmouth player Sammy Igoe is a doubt for tonight's match because of a back injury suffered in the 1-1 draw with Notts County on Saturday. Club captain Matt Hewlett seems certain to return in midfield.
Swindon - (probable): Evans, O'Hanlon, Ifil, Heywood, Jenkins, Duke, Parkin, Roberts, Robinson, Hewlett, Howard. Subs: To be announced.
Town - (from): Rachubka, Holdsworth, Edwards, Lloyd, E Sodje, Mirfin, Clarke, Carss, Schofield, Brandon, Fowler, Worthington, Abbott, Mendes, McAliskey, Ahmed, Senior, McCombe.
Referee - Andy Woolmer (Northampton).