Liam Davis says that Saturday’s defeat at Crewe will drive the Oxford United squad on.

The left back scored his first goal for the club in the 3-1 reverse, and says that it was a strange mood in the dressing room afterwards, with the players frustrated with the loss.

“I know the fans would have been going away cheesed off with that result, but the players were totally cheesed off as well, believe me,” he said.

“The week before when we couldn’t beat ten men (against Aldershot) we were very disappointed with ourselves because we knew we hadn’t done well enough and had lost two points.

“But on Saturday we know we played a lot better, but came away with nothing.

“It was such a frustrating day for us all.”

Davis headed home in the 77th-minute and nearly doubled his tally soon afterwards with a left-foot shot that came back off a post.

And he admitted he thought that was in. “The gaffer was telling me to push up the pitch, and luckily I was in the right place at the right time for the goal,” he said.

“I had a feeling when I hit the shot after that it was going in, but it hit the post.

“It is obviously nice to score, but it doesn’t count for anything if you lose the game.”

Davis added: “We felt that we deserved a lot more than we got, but all people will see is the score, and that says 3-1.

“We did much better in the second half and dominated the game, but didn’t put the ball in the back of the net.

“The boys are not down, we know the level of ability we have got at the club.

“We were unbeaten in four games before this, and the result on Saturday will make us even more determined to start another unbeaten run on Saturday.”