KARL Robinson hailed a terrific display by Marcus Browne as Oxford United edged past Blackpool.

The winger, on loan from Middlesbrough, scored the winner in a nervy 2-1 victory - the U's first success in Sky Bet League One since December.

He was also instrumental in the hosts' equaliser, as his shot went in via a deflection from Mark Sykes, who claimed the goal.

Match report: Oxford Utd 2, Blackpool 1

Robinson wanted an extra attacking option before yesterday's transfer deadline, but was thrilled with Browne's performance.

The U's head coach said: "He was sensational. I thought he had it in him.

"I remember going to watch him playing against Everton and he scored four that day. He’s so quick and talented."

The result gave United a lift after a testing deadline day, where they sold Tariqe Fosu and Shandon Baptiste while failing to bring in any late additions.

But they almost threw away two points in the final seconds, as Josh Ruffels' backpass played in Gary Madine.

The experienced striker had time to pick his spot, only to see his shot hit the outside of Simon Eastwood's left-hand post.

Robinson said: "We rode our luck with the last kick of the games.

"I think all of our hearts sunk, but sometimes in football you need that bit of luck.

"We’ve had a difficult few days as everyone knows, but we’re a very close group.

"I think the fans can see we’re putting everything we possibly can in."