Oxford manager Chris Wilder is taking heart from his team's performance in their narrow Carling Cup defeat to Premier League West Ham.
The Hammers limped to victory over their League Two opponents and only put the tie to bed through an injury-time strike from Scott Parker. Wilder was pleased with the performance of his players and believes the decision of West Ham manager Avram Grant to bring on his big guns confirmed that the Us had their opponents worried.
Wilder said: "The players grew into the game and enjoyed the experience and when you see the reaction of their goalkeeper at the end when he slid 40 yards on his knees in front of their supporters that says it all."
"Carlton Cole came on and (Benni) McCarthy came on and when that happens you know you've done all right."
Although there was no giantkilling done, Wilder hopes his side can push on in the league now.
"I'm delighted for the football club," he added. We've been off the radar for a long time and now we are back on it with games like this with 4,000 supporters on a Tuesday night in east London. We have to use this as a springboard to go and get our first win of the season."