Manager John Sheridan was pleased with his sides overall performance against a Manchester United XI.
Despite Callum Gribbin scoring the only goal of the game for the Red Devils, Sheridan felt his side were much the better team.
He said: “I thought it was a really good work out against a good technical team.
“I thought after half an hour we could have possibly been two or three up. In the last 10 minutes of the first half, United got back into the game but we should have been ahead at that point.
“The most pleasing thing for me was the second half with all the younger players coming on. I thought they were excellent, plus I liked the attitudes of Ryan Flynn, Dan Gardner and Cameron Dummigan.
“We passed the ball well, but we lost the game. I don’t like losing the game but I don’t think we deserved to. There were a lot of good things from the game.
“While I’m here, I’m hoping I can give the young players a bit of belief that they can be a big part of the club and I want to bring a couple through.
“It’s good when they play in the first team. It makes them come out of their shell because they are playing with better, more intelligent, players.
“I don’t like losing but the most important thing is that everyone has come through the game unscathed.”
The pre-season campaign has been all geared around the start of the season.
“I know what my team is going to be on Saturday and hopefully we pick the right one to get a result,” he admitted.
“I have a lot of players who want to be in the team and that’s what makes my job difficult but I will just look at Oxford and pick a team which I think will win us the game. We are at home and I expect us to win our home games.
“The players have got through pre-season. It’s always difficult and tough but the players have worked their socks off.
“I’m happy for the likes of Gerrard and Clarke who have trained every day and it will stand them in good stead for the season. It’s important you get a pre-season because matches take care of themselves.”
Asked about adding a goalkeeper to his squad, Sheridan replied: “I’ve still got a dilemma with the goalkeeper. I’ve been working my socks off in regards to goalkeepers.
“There are so many available and there are so many clubs who have tried to help out but some players just don’t want to play football and just collect their money.
“That’s the problem nowadays, they earn good money and they don’t have to work hard. Those days are gone where you have to go out and get a bit of bonus but it’s difficult to get a goalkeeper as they are expensive.
“I won’t use that as an excuse, I will bring someone in who I can build with confidence and who will want to do well for us and win football matches.”