Oxford United head coach Liam Manning said reaching the second round of the FA Cup was more important than playing well and getting dumped out following Saturday's 2-0 win over part-timers Maidenhead United.

The National League side gave a good account of themselves while the U's were some way below their best.

But a Billy Bodin double did the job - and in the end that's all that mattered.

Manning said: "There are two aspects to football - the performance and the result, and when it comes to knockout football it's about making sure the result's there first.

"In the dressing room the lads are disappointed which is a positive for me because they know they've got levels they can get to and what they're capable of hitting.

"My thing to say to them was to go 'we're in the next round so don't beat yourself up'. We've had a good week."

Manning, who had to watch the game from the South Stand because of a one-match touchline ban, made half a dozen changes to the team after the midweek League 1 victory at Lincoln, and he was full of praise for Bodin.

He said: "I just hope he stays fit because he's been brilliant today.

"I think Billy's in a real good place right now. For the first couple of games this season he wasn't in the team, but his personality in and around the dressing room has been great.

"I'm going to challenge him to score even more goals now. We know the quality he has got and he needs to be getting double figures this season.

"So for all the terrific stuff he does, I'm going to keep pushing him to score more.

"There were large elements of the performance where we know we can be better and improve but there were two moments of real high quality to win the game.

"We have to be reasonable in our expectations - some people haven't had games recently and that takes a little bit of time."