POINTS rather than bragging rights are the priority for Oxford United midfielder Mark Wilson in tomorrow’s clash with Swindon Town.

The midfielder’s CV includes appearances in fiercely contested Middlesbrough-Sunderland and Doncaster-Sheffield United games, while he witnessed the Manchester derby first-hand during a spell at Old Trafford.

Although keenly aware of the significance of the contest at the Kassam Stadium, Wilson will attempt to ignore the hype and concentrate on United’s promotion aim.

“I’ve been told there’s a big rivalry there and you get a sense of that certainly off the boys and from what’s written in the papers, but for me the focus is three points,” he said.

“I suppose for those other derby games I’ve been under managers who were more focused on getting the three points than the fact it’s a derby.

“That’s important – the stage we’re at in the season now it’s vital we start picking up wins.

“We know the points total we need to get to and three points against Swindon would be a good kick-start.”

The 33-year-old is yet to nail down a first-team place after signing last month, having to make do with substitute appearances in the last two games.

But an injury to Peter Leven could provide a chance to stake a claim in the side, starting this weekend.

He said: “I think it’s an opportunity for a few people.

“Lev’s going to be a miss, but you have to adapt, that’s what football’s about. Whether players are injured or underperforming – that’s what you have a squad for.”

If Wilson gets the nod, keeping a cool head is the main aim.

He said: “I think that’s always important, you don’t want any early yellow cards or sendings off.

“You enjoy the build-up, but when the whistle blows you focus on what needs to be done.”