Chris Wilder admitted he was proud to be the Oxford manager after his side's 3-3 draw at Accrington in the FA Cup on Saturday.
The cup clash at the Crown Ground was overshadowed by the sudden death of former player Mitchell Cole, 27, on Saturday morning, with Wilder admitting the news had affected everyone connected with the club.
Michael Raynes scored in the last minute of time added on to earn Wilder's side a second-round replay at the Kassam Stadium, but Wilder was more concerned with events off the pitch.
"I'm extremely proud to be the manager of this football club," said Wilder. "What happened to Coley affected everyone connected with the club. He sat in my office two weeks ago after watching the youth team as he began his second career as a coach and an agent.
"It's terrible for his family and some of the players here like Alfie Potter and Damian Batt were tight with him. The way the players went about their business - I can't praise them enough.
"During the game we lost Jon-Paul Pittman to a shoulder injury and then Andy Whing to injury, we went behind twice near the end, but we kept bouncing back. We kept getting off the canvas.
"It's not a massive result in the history of Oxford United - drawing against Accrington in the FA Cup - but on the field and off the field they have shown bravery and the players showed great character and showed they are never beaten."