OXFORD United’s troops have an ideal chance to regroup after Saturday’s defeat with a training camp at an army barracks.

The three-day trip to the military base in Surrey, which starts today, was booked several weeks ago.

But the chance to spend more quality time together is perfectly timed, coming in the wake of United’s 3-1 loss at Blackpool.

Boss Pep Clotet said: “It’s going to be good for bonding and give all the new players more time together.

“It’s going to be a perfect opportunity to correct, clear everyone’s mind and get back on track for Walsall (on Saturday).

“I think it’s a fantastic opportunity first of all for our lads to experience how the life is there and as well for us to use their excellent facilities when it comes to training.

“We will spend many more hours together than we have at the training ground.

“It’s important that results should never affect the planning, but now we have a bit more time to make sure we get the lessons from here (Blackpool) and everyone is 100 per cent focused for the next game.”

United have visited military facilities for team building exercises before, but they have tended to come in pre-season.

With a game this weekend on the horizon, it means extreme challenges involving sleep deprivation, which have been used with players in the past, are off the agenda.

But the itinerary has plenty more than just training, with the aim of bringing the group even closer together.

For defender Mike Williamson, it can only benefit the squad after Saturday.

He said: “I think a week together is a good thing.

“I think it’s good timing, because after a few knockbacks I think it’s good to have days together for a bit of bonding.

“Now the gaffer has a full week and that’s what he wants to get into us.

“He wants to watch (the game) back and learn the lessons.

“When emotions are high the logic is low so he wants to look at it so we can rectify it.”