BEN Woodburn says his Oxford United teammates have made him aware of the atmosphere which awaits them at the Memorial Stadium today.

Matches with Bristol Rovers tend to be lively – and United's signing of Matty Taylor guarantees the visitors will be in for an even more hostile reception than normal.

Woodburn is looking forward to the prospect and is confident of handling what is often a physical test against the Pirates.

He said: "I’ve been told it’s quite feisty and should be a great atmosphere. I don’t mind that.

"I’ve played with older players pretty much all my life so I’ve got used to it.

"I’ve been in the gym and done stuff with sports scientists. Hopefully it’s paying off."

The 19-year-old has started every Sky Bet League One game this season following his loan move from Liverpool.

It has been the most concentrated batch of senior matches he has encountered, but that is exactly what he wanted to get out of the move.

He said: "These days to be trusted you need 50 league games under your belt.

"But here the manager trusts me after not having many and I’m thankful for that.

"Probably the only time I’ve played this much is in under 23s football with Liverpool.

"That’s nothing like men’s football. I’m happy to be doing it and hopefully I can carry on."

He added: "It’s obviously difficult because players get fatigued, but we lost at the weekend and all I could think about was playing the next game and winning it.

"It didn’t go our way, but we’ve got a game on Saturday to put it right."

United boss Karl Robinson has played Woodburn in his favoured No 10 position so far.

And that means an added onus on him to forge an understanding with the side's new No 9 – Taylor.

The teenager has spoken to the Bristol City loanee about how to get the best out of him, but much of it is intuitive once the match starts.

He said: "We’ve had a few conversations about what he likes to do and what I like to do, but when you’re on the pitch you get an idea of that.

"Hopefully we can get a good partnership."