BOTH Oxford United boss Karl Robinson and opposite number Sam Ricketts claimed their side had come out on top in the goalless draw with Shrewsbury Town.

Neither goalkeeper was particularly busy in the clash at the Kassam Stadium.

Shrewsbury's best spell came early on, but their game plan was clearly based around frustrating a team who had scored three goals in each of their last four home games in Sky Bet League One.

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Ricketts, who came through the ranks at United, said: "I thought we were outstanding, started the game really well and overall it was an excellent performance.

"We were the ones pressing and you could hear the home supporters getting frustrated, which is always a mark of how well the away team are doing.

"You have to respect their threats and how we were going to combat that.

"I thought we negated them an awful lot in terms of what they were trying to do. They had a few opportunities, like any team does, but I thought overall we were the better team."

Robinson disagreed.

He said: "To say they were the better team, I’m bamboozled.

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"I’ve got tremendous respect for their staff, but I don’t think they were at this game today.

"You’ve got to say what you’ve got to say for your club."

He added: "We struggled in the first 15 but changed our shape a bit and dominated the last 25 minutes of the first half and the whole second half we bombarded them.

"We got a bit more aggressive with our wide players in the second half and asked better questions of them.

"All of our substitutions were aggressive and theirs were to waste time."

The U's boss was also critical of referee Craig Hicks, who he felt allowed the visitors to disrupt the game.

He said: "If we get this referee against Manchester City (in the Carabao Cup this month) we’ve got a chance.

"We’ll stand on the ball, kick every ball away.

"There are rules that are there to be upheld by the referee."