The Daggers came out on top in a hugely entertaining game at the Kassam Stadium, as they produced a superb 3-2 away victory against Oxford United.
Sam Williams started the scoring, and Luke Howell made it 2-0 10 minutes into the second half. Tom Craddock swiftly pulled one back, only for Luke Wilkinson to restore the Daggers two goal advantage, but Craddock then made it 3-2 and Kevin Maher was dismissed to make for a nervy ending.
Kevin Maher started in place of Michael Spillane having picked up an injury against Bournemouth at the weekend, but Chris Lewington recovered in time for Tuesday night’s trip to the Kassam Stadium.
The Daggers made an encouraging start to the game as they showed their hosts they were to be no pushovers. Medy Elito tested Oxford ‘keeper Ryan Clarke with the first effort of the game, but his 25-yard shot was well matched by the stopper. At the other end however, Chris Lewington produced an excellent save to deny striker James Constable.
The visitors were looking threatening and took a deserved lead 10 minutes from the break. A routine corner from Matt Saunders was met by the head of Sam Williams inside the 6-yard box who nodded it past ‘keeper Clarke to put the Daggers ahead with his 4th goal of the season.
The Daggers made it 2-0 early in the second half; Dwight Gayle received the ball around the penalty area and his shot at goal could only be parried by Clarke into the path of the oncoming Luke Howell, who could simply tuck the ball home; sending the 77 travelling fans wild.
It was 2-1 just minutes later, through a well worked goal. Sean Rigg did well to beat a couple of players down the right side, and his cross into Tom Craddock was placed past Lewington as his team pulled one back.
Extraordinarily, the Daggers regained their two goal advantage almost immediately. Again the hosts were undone by a Saunders corner; this time Luke Wilkinson, who was being watched by a Premier League scout, was on hand in the box to head in his side’s third of the night.
In a goal-rush, Oxford made it 3-2 minutes later through fortunate circumstances. Femi Ilesanmi will be disappointed as he was wasteful in possession and gifted the ball to Tom Craddock who went through on goal to slot the ball past Lewington on 65 minutes.
The Daggers made it harder for themselves as they were reduced to 10 men with 20 minutes remaining. Kevin Maher was dismissed for his second bookable offence after colliding with an Oxford player when going for the ball.
As Oxford begun to dominate possession, it took an inspired stop from ‘keeper Chris Lewington to secure all the points as he denied Adam Chapman late on. The Daggers held on though and will be delighted with their away performance.
Attendance:5, 074 (77 away)
Oxford United: Clarke (GK); Raynes, Wright, Whing, Capaldi (Davis, 66), Chapman, Rigg (Heslop, 83), Cox (Pittman, 52), Leven, Constable, Craddock
Subs not used: Brown, O’Brien, Mullins, Forster-Caskey
Goalscorers: Craddock, 59, 64
Daggers: Lewington (GK); Ogogo (c), Wilkinson, Doe, Ilesanmi; Howell, Maher, Saunders, Elito; Gayle, Williams (Woodall, 90)
Subs not used: Seabright (GK), Hoyte, Do Green, Bingham, Currie, Reed
Goalscorers: Williams, 35, Howell, 54, Wilkinson, 61