Dave Challinor admitted his pride despite seeing Pools
knocked out of the FA Cup following a 4-1 defeat at The Kassam Stadium on
Mark Kitching had given the magnificent travelling support real hope of creating a cup upset when he pounced on a defensive error to put Challinor's men in front inside ten minutes.
However, a second half super-show from the League One promotion-chasers
proved too good for Pools and it was the home side who progressed to Round Fourof the competition.
“I'm unbelievably proud of the players and unbelievablyproud of the fans who were amazing,” Challinor told Pools TV.
“I will take the hit for the final two goals because it wasn't
worth losing 2-1 – we had to throw caution to the wind but that is what canhappen when you do that against good teams.
“Their movement, the ability they have one on one causes allsorts of problems. They're the best team in League One by a mile.
“We have to assess where we are and look at where they are
and if we have players in our dressing who aspire to be there they have to seewhat it requires to get where Oxford are.
“We frustrated them in the first half made it tough for
then. We wanted to build on that in the second half but unfortunately we couldn'tdo that.
“The fans were brilliant and I am disappointed we couldn't
hang on to give them something to enjoy but we have to use that as motivationto want to repay them.
“We will get a team that is worthy of their support – I will make sure that happens.”