PEP Clotet was thrilled with the all-round display after Oxford United began their season with a 2-0 win at Oldham Athletic.

Wes Thomas put the visitors in front late in the first half at Boundary Park and after weathering pressure they wrapped up the points with a strike from Josh Ruffels 19 minutes from time.

It was a terrific way to start Clotet’s reign in charge – and was United’s first win at Oldham in 16 attempts.

The U’s boss said: “We managed to control the game and be calm when we had to and played when we could.

“It’s a massive credit to them and I’m really delighted for what they were able to do.”

Thomas was played in by the influential Jack Payne and the striker admitted goalkeeper Ben Wilson’s positioning made up his mind of where to shoot.

He said: “The pitch was quite dry at that moment and the ball just stopped after my first touch.

“I took another touch, firstly I was looking to bend it but the keeper started creeping and he left a big gap at his near post and I just slotted it away.

“It’s all about keeping your cool and making sure you get the right connection on the ball.”

Payne also set up Ruffels, who drove through a gap in the defence to prod home.

The goalscorer said: “It was just a nice little toe poke.

“I just had to react to it quickly. Jack did really well and played me in, I don’t think I could do much else with it, but use my right foot and my toe to get it in.

“It’s a good start and we just have to build on it.”