MARCUS Browne vowed to improve despite being hailed as the best player in Sky Bet League One by Oxford United boss Karl Robinson following his display at Sunderland.

The West Ham United loanee dazzled in the 1-1 draw at the Stadium of Light, where he came in for some physical treatment from the home side.

“Marcus Browne just showed everybody why he’s the best player in this league,” Robinson said. “This is the best team in the league and that shows you what they think of our No 10.”

The 20-year-old was not about to let the compliment go to his head – and instead feels there is more to come.

He said: “I have to thank the manager for bringing me here and having faith in me.

“I’m adamant that they will be able to make me a better player and a better person, give me experience, which is what I need.

“I’m quite grounded, so for me that’s not enough. I want more, I want to play better.”

Sunderland’s only answer was to foul the winger, with Max Power receiving a straight red card with a reckless lunge to halt one surge through the middle.

But as tempers ran high in the game, Browne kept his cool – and sees it as a compliment.

He said: “I see it as a good thing. I like being kicked.

“For me it shows how good I am if people have to kick me.”

Power’s dismissal after 19 minutes meant Sunderland were happier with a point, but having started the season with four straight defeats Browne thought United’s frustration over the result indicated clear progress.

He said: “If you had told us before the game we were going to get a point I think everyone would have been delighted, but finishing the game as a team we felt like we should have won.

“It shows how far the team has come from the disappointing start. We’re going in the right direction.”