Oxford manager Chris Wilder admitted to having mixed emotions after seeing his side let a two-goal lead slip to draw at Charlton in the FA Cup on Tuesday.
The U's were two up at the break - through Jonny Mullins and Scott Davies - but their Championship opposition hit back after the interval.
Despite the fightback United boss Chris Wilder says he was a proud manager.
"I'm proud and a touch disappointed because the players worked extremely hard," Wilder told BBC Radio Oxford.
The two clubs will now replay their third-round tie at the Kassam Stadium next week, and Wilder hopes his side can finish the job.
Wilder also believes that it says much about his players that they are disappointed not to have won away at a team from two divisions above them.
"It was a full-blooded cup tie and we've pushed a Championship team pretty close, so we can take a lot out of it," he explained.
"At 2-0 we've given ourselves a good chance, the players have given everything.
"People might think that is our opportunity missed. It feels like a defeat - we put ourselves in a great position and you have to give credit to Charlton.
"We've come to a Championship club and hopefully we can get a big crowd and go again."