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Posted Wed 20 Aug 14 at 15:35 PM

Daggers 0 Oxford 0

Both goalkeepers were surplus to requirements in a match dominated by weather conditions.

Neither side mastered the stiff wind and chances were few and far between.

Daggers keeper Mark Cousins went full length to a low 20 yarder from Wes Burns midway through the first half. And that was about the only time he was seriously tested.

The closest the Daggers came to breaking the deadlock came when Ashley Chambers just failed to get a decisive touch to a brilliant low cross from man of the match Ashley Hemmings and put it inches wide.

Jamie Cureton put a header over the bar from a Billy Bingham corner, while Joss Labadie was not far off target with a well struck 30 yarder.

Oxford got better as the game wore on and in the closing stages looked the more likely winners.

And they threatened with five minutes left when Danny Hylton thumped a powerful header over the top.

The Daggers were disappointed at failing to pick up all three points. But there a lot of positives for them.

It was a solid, if not spectacular, performance and they kept a clean sheet for the third successive match. And you need a good memory to recall the last time they achieved that.

The big worry is the lack of a cutting edge up front. They have now scored just one goal in their last six matches and that is something that needs urgent attention.

They are still too close to the foot of the table for comfort. But they are close enough to the teams above them to turn things round, so it's all to play for.

Dagenham & Redbridge: Cousins, Connors, Obileye, Doe, Partridge (Batt 70), Hemmings, Bingham (Boucaud 46), Labadie, Chambers (Jakubiak 76), Murphy, Cureton.

Unused substitutes: O’Brien, Saah, Howell, Yusuff.

Oxford United: Clarke, Meades, Mullins, Wright, Hylton, Ruffels, Whing, Burns (Hoskins 74), Roberts (O’Dowda 34), Dunkley, Holmes-Dennis.

Unused substitutes: Crocombe, Rose, Collins, Long, Campbell.

Attendance: 1,892 (551 Oxford supporters)

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