Oxford Utd 3 (Jakubiak 3, Hylton 55 & pen 61) Dagenham & Redbridge 3 (Hemmings 7, Cureton 46, Ogogo 71)

Oxford Utd 3 (Jakubiak 3, Hylton 55 & pen 61) Dagenham & Redbridge 3 (Hemmings 7, Cureton 46, Ogogo 71)

Oxford Utd 3 (Jakubiak 3, Hylton 55 & pen 61) Dagenham & Redbridge 3 (Hemmings 7, Cureton 46, Ogogo 71)

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A BREATHLESS game saw Oxford United get off the mark in Sky Bet League Two, but they are still waiting for a first win after sharing six goals with visitors Dagenham & Redbridge.

The game see-sawed from the moment Alex Jakubiak opened the scoring in the third minute.

At one stage United appeared to be heading for a fifth league defeat on the spin, when Jamie Cureton put the visitors 2-1 up early in the second half following Ashley Hemmings' equaliser.

But Danny Hylton, who was superb all afternoon, dragged the hosts back into the game and in the space of six minutes the striker headed an equaliser and scored from the penalty spot to put United in front.

Abu Ogogo had the final say with a stunning long-range volley to make it 3-3 and Dagenham had to survive two strong claims for a penalty in the closing stages to hold on for a point.

It was not the victory United craved, but was enough to take them off the bottom of the table.

United boss Michael Appleton made three changes to the side which started the midweek cup outing at West Brom.

George Long was preferred to Max Crocombe in goal, Alfie Potter came in for Danny Rose and Junior Brown's suspension handed Jakubiak a first start.

The on-loan Watford forward took only three minutes to take the opportunity.

Carlton Morris, who had already fired wide in a high-tempo start, showed good strength to hold off a challenge and spread the ball wide.

Joe Riley got forward well and swung in a cross which was perfect for Jakubiak to prod home from close range.

It was the first time United had been in front during a league game this season and Hylton came close to adding a quick second goal, when he headed wide at a corner.

But Dagenham responded well and hit back to level in the seventh minute, with a move which ripped apart United's back four.

Clever movement from veteran striker Cureton caused problems and his cross gave Hemmings a tap-in to deflate the boisterous home crowd.

It set the tone for a game which was wide open, as both teams allowed the other to have chances.

United noticeably looked to get the ball forward quicker than in previous games and it almost paid dividends on the quarter-hour mark.

Michael Collins played a ball over the top to Potter, whose sensational first touch took him through. It deserved a goal on its own, but although the winger's left-footed shot beat goalkeeper Liam O'Brien, it struck the foot of the post and bounced clear.

A minute later Dagenham scythed through again, with Luke Howell's shot missing the top corner by a whisker.

The end-to-end game continued. Hylton headed Tom Newey's cross over, then Ashley Chambers fired a deflected shot which missed the far post by inches.

More goals looked inevitable and it took a brilliant block on the line by Scott Doe to keep Hylton out on 33 minutes after good work by Morris and Potter.

The resulting corner was only cleared to Johnny Mullins, who forced a smart save from O'Brien.

The goalkeeper also needed to be watchful to hold on to a swerving shot from Riley late in the half.

Those saves looked valuable a minute after the restart, when Dagenham took the lead.

Cureton, who turned 39 this week, showed he had lost none of his instinct by pouncing on a half chance to shoot low across Long and into the net.

It was part of a sloppy start to the half from United, who were suddenly staring at a fifth successive league defeat at the start of the season.

But Hylton calmed nerves with a double in the space of six minutes.

First, he climbed brilliantly to meet Newey's cross and plant a firm header into the corner of the net.

Appleton responded by bringing Will Hoskins on for his home debut, replacing Morris.

Just after the hour mark Jakubiak's directness won a penalty from Doe, who escaped further punishment, and Hylton calmly converted for his fifth goal of the season.

But once more the lead did not last long and within ten minutes Dagenham were level.

The ball sat up invitingly for Ogogo 30 yards out and the midfielder unleashed a volley which beat a back-pedalling Long and dipped under the crossbar.

Incredibly, United almost retook the lead with their next attack, when only a terrific save from O'Brien denied Hylton a hat-trick.

The striker had an excellent game and thought he had won another penalty ten minutes from time, when his cross was blocked.

Referee Gary Sutton waved away the protests, as he did shortly afterwards when Hoskins appealed for another handball.

Dagenham held on in four minutes of stoppage time to ensure the spoils were shared after a thrilling game.

Oxford Utd: G Long, Riley, Mullins, Wright, Newey, Collins, Ruffels, Potter (O'Dowda 79), Hylton, Jakubiak, Morris (Hoskins 55).

Unused subs: Crocombe, Meades, Raynes, Rose, Hunt.

Dagenham: O'Brien, Partridge, Saah, Doe, Connors (Batt 65), Howell, Boucaud, Ogogo, Chambers (Labadie 90), Cureton, Hemmings (Porter 65).

Unused subs: Cousins, Gayle, Goldberg, Raymond.

Referee: Gary Sutton (Lincolnshire).

Attendance: 4,391 (158 visitors).

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5:24pm Sat 30 Aug 14

Beau champ mummy says...

Just back newey mom but why have we turned into long ball merchants
Just back newey mom but why have we turned into long ball merchants Beau champ mummy
  • Score: -35

5:27pm Sat 30 Aug 14

Beau champ mummy says...

Just back utter rubbish are we the new long ball merchants of div2
Just back utter rubbish are we the new long ball merchants of div2 Beau champ mummy
  • Score: -38

6:37pm Sat 30 Aug 14

senior supporter says...

God knows what game the previous post was watching!!! This was a great advert for League Two with both sides playing attacking football. Mind you being an Oxford supporter the way we defended for the first two goals was diabolical, but their third was out of this world. We will be alright playing this type of game.
God knows what game the previous post was watching!!! This was a great advert for League Two with both sides playing attacking football. Mind you being an Oxford supporter the way we defended for the first two goals was diabolical, but their third was out of this world. We will be alright playing this type of game. senior supporter
  • Score: 27

6:43pm Sat 30 Aug 14

oldun says...

Newey - why?
Newey - why? oldun
  • Score: -5

7:53pm Sat 30 Aug 14

BigAlBiker says...

I thought be played well, but Newey has cost us to many goals this season already, I like the structure of the team, Hylton ran his rear off all day and did well, the new guy Bob Hoskins showed he can hold the ball up, and it was an entertaining game, but Newey, Why? He has to go.
I thought be played well, but Newey has cost us to many goals this season already, I like the structure of the team, Hylton ran his rear off all day and did well, the new guy Bob Hoskins showed he can hold the ball up, and it was an entertaining game, but Newey, Why? He has to go. BigAlBiker
  • Score: -5

7:53pm Sat 30 Aug 14

OUFC1983 says...

Brilliant game of football today, just a shame we couldn't get the three points. Blatant handball at 3-3, no idea how the ref missed it. Other than the cross for Hyltons header, Newey was all over the place. Potter was awful and should be kept as a sub. Looking forward to Hoskins starting and Hylton was awesome today. Positive stuff. Onwards and upwards.
Brilliant game of football today, just a shame we couldn't get the three points. Blatant handball at 3-3, no idea how the ref missed it. Other than the cross for Hyltons header, Newey was all over the place. Potter was awful and should be kept as a sub. Looking forward to Hoskins starting and Hylton was awesome today. Positive stuff. Onwards and upwards. OUFC1983
  • Score: 14

11:03pm Sat 30 Aug 14

The villager says...

We need to give Crocombe a chance. Long's positional play and awareness is very poor. He seems really hesitant
We need to give Crocombe a chance. Long's positional play and awareness is very poor. He seems really hesitant The villager
  • Score: 16

12:56am Sun 31 Aug 14

S Hillier says...

It was a great game of football for div 2 but we really need to work on our defensive play. We are conceding too many goals. Maybe we should give Max Crocombe a game , after all long hasn't kept a clean sheet yet.
It was a great game of football for div 2 but we really need to work on our defensive play. We are conceding too many goals. Maybe we should give Max Crocombe a game , after all long hasn't kept a clean sheet yet. S Hillier
  • Score: 17

2:49am Sun 31 Aug 14

NCDCVR says...

Great game. I am not a Newey fan but he took some flack today because of the shape of the team. Appleton played four upfront with Potter doing whatever he wanted to do on the left. Both of Daggers golds came from two on one situations down our left where they constantly threatened all day. It worries me that we do not have a left sided midfielder who can defend Alfie Potter in this position is a complete luxury and apart from the one on one which he really needed to get on target we played the game with ten men. Inconsistent refereeing, poor decision making and wonder goals will cost you points all season it was the latter today
Great game. I am not a Newey fan but he took some flack today because of the shape of the team. Appleton played four upfront with Potter doing whatever he wanted to do on the left. Both of Daggers golds came from two on one situations down our left where they constantly threatened all day. It worries me that we do not have a left sided midfielder who can defend Alfie Potter in this position is a complete luxury and apart from the one on one which he really needed to get on target we played the game with ten men. Inconsistent refereeing, poor decision making and wonder goals will cost you points all season it was the latter today NCDCVR
  • Score: 5

6:38am Sun 31 Aug 14

dovepe says...

Long was on a walkabout for the 3rd.Newey no more.Great game, good football.Poor ref.
Long was on a walkabout for the 3rd.Newey no more.Great game, good football.Poor ref. dovepe
  • Score: 11

8:09am Sun 31 Aug 14

disco80 says...

Think we were desperate for a win and went for it a bit too recklessly., four up front !! Why? Potter played out of position . Again we are lacking width to support the fullbacks. If we want them to push forward then we need 3 centre halfs . Last week against Portsmouth we were probably abit too patient in the build up and final 3rd. This week we went mad and had a massive gap between defense and attack.
Think we were desperate for a win and went for it a bit too recklessly., four up front !! Why? Potter played out of position . Again we are lacking width to support the fullbacks. If we want them to push forward then we need 3 centre halfs . Last week against Portsmouth we were probably abit too patient in the build up and final 3rd. This week we went mad and had a massive gap between defense and attack. disco80
  • Score: 6

8:45am Sun 31 Aug 14

Davos P says...

Ridiculous tactics again. Why not just play Riley further forward as when he maraudes forward he's not experienced enough to get the balance right between attack and defence.
4-2-3-1 is designed for teams with brilliant full backs! 4-4-2 would be better.
Ridiculous tactics again. Why not just play Riley further forward as when he maraudes forward he's not experienced enough to get the balance right between attack and defence. 4-2-3-1 is designed for teams with brilliant full backs! 4-4-2 would be better. Davos P
  • Score: -11

11:29am Sun 31 Aug 14

The Black Prince was off-side says...

Can anyone tell me if the Blades insist that Long plays in league games while he is on loan as it was an insult not to play Max after his performance against WBA
Can anyone tell me if the Blades insist that Long plays in league games while he is on loan as it was an insult not to play Max after his performance against WBA The Black Prince was off-side
  • Score: 13

2:07pm Sun 31 Aug 14

disco80 says...

The Black Prince was off-side wrote:
Can anyone tell me if the Blades insist that Long plays in league games while he is on loan as it was an insult not to play Max after his performance against WBA
Think you have hit the nail on the head , blades probably paying half the wages.
[quote][p][bold]The Black Prince was off-side[/bold] wrote: Can anyone tell me if the Blades insist that Long plays in league games while he is on loan as it was an insult not to play Max after his performance against WBA[/p][/quote]Think you have hit the nail on the head , blades probably paying half the wages. disco80
  • Score: 7

2:08pm Sun 31 Aug 14

AylesburyOx says...

We're playing new and interesting football, MA and DF have the correct idea and just need a bit of time to get the right players in. We'll be inconsistent up until the new year and then being to roll up the league there after.
Keep up the good work boys, we're on our way!
We're playing new and interesting football, MA and DF have the correct idea and just need a bit of time to get the right players in. We'll be inconsistent up until the new year and then being to roll up the league there after. Keep up the good work boys, we're on our way! AylesburyOx
  • Score: 11

3:08pm Sun 31 Aug 14

baldy bill says...

AylesburyOx wrote:
We're playing new and interesting football, MA and DF have the correct idea and just need a bit of time to get the right players in. We'll be inconsistent up until the new year and then being to roll up the league there after.
Keep up the good work boys, we're on our way!
glad your more hopeful than me
[quote][p][bold]AylesburyOx[/bold] wrote: We're playing new and interesting football, MA and DF have the correct idea and just need a bit of time to get the right players in. We'll be inconsistent up until the new year and then being to roll up the league there after. Keep up the good work boys, we're on our way![/p][/quote]glad your more hopeful than me baldy bill
  • Score: 2

5:55pm Sun 31 Aug 14

disco80 says...

AylesburyOx wrote:
We're playing new and interesting football, MA and DF have the correct idea and just need a bit of time to get the right players in. We'll be inconsistent up until the new year and then being to roll up the league there after.
Keep up the good work boys, we're on our way!
IInconsistent. Until new year!!?? Then the loanees go back and half team is new again.
[quote][p][bold]AylesburyOx[/bold] wrote: We're playing new and interesting football, MA and DF have the correct idea and just need a bit of time to get the right players in. We'll be inconsistent up until the new year and then being to roll up the league there after. Keep up the good work boys, we're on our way![/p][/quote]IInconsistent. Until new year!!?? Then the loanees go back and half team is new again. disco80
  • Score: 3

8:21pm Sun 31 Aug 14

CuckooLaner says...

Oh do wake up, we are in the bottom tier of the football league, we are having, what I believe to be, the worst start to a season ever, fellow supporters are saying "great football, very entertaining" "The Emperor's New Clothes" comes to mind, when will we realise that we may well be sleepwalking back to the Conference. Last season, as in other seasons past we had a team that came very near to promotion, then someone throws the baby out with the bathwater, both in terms of team manager and indeed players. So here we are again, throw the dice and return start, new owners, new manager, lots of promises , loan players, a new striker who, with all due respect, we are told cannot play a full 90 minutes at the moment, plus one other, who seems to cut the mustard, but he was not signed under the present regime. Pessimistic, yes, but thing just don't look that good at the moment, hope the Genie emerges from the lamp very very soon !
Oh do wake up, we are in the bottom tier of the football league, we are having, what I believe to be, the worst start to a season ever, fellow supporters are saying "great football, very entertaining" "The Emperor's New Clothes" comes to mind, when will we realise that we may well be sleepwalking back to the Conference. Last season, as in other seasons past we had a team that came very near to promotion, then someone throws the baby out with the bathwater, both in terms of team manager and indeed players. So here we are again, throw the dice and return start, new owners, new manager, lots of promises , loan players, a new striker who, with all due respect, we are told cannot play a full 90 minutes at the moment, plus one other, who seems to cut the mustard, but he was not signed under the present regime. Pessimistic, yes, but thing just don't look that good at the moment, hope the Genie emerges from the lamp very very soon ! CuckooLaner
  • Score: -6

8:32pm Sun 31 Aug 14

AylesburyOx says...

disco80 wrote:
AylesburyOx wrote:
We're playing new and interesting football, MA and DF have the correct idea and just need a bit of time to get the right players in. We'll be inconsistent up until the new year and then being to roll up the league there after.
Keep up the good work boys, we're on our way!
IInconsistent. Until new year!!?? Then the loanees go back and half team is new again.
Or we get those that prove their worth on a loan contract extension and bring in some more permanent signings to replace those who haven't moulded to the new system.
We are in an interesting place - Wilder had two too many attempts to get us up and failed.
Appleton needs time and the support of the fans to get us playing the right football that will take us up and up again.
Mark my words, this first bit we'll be iffy but come the tail end of the season we'll be right up there.
I'm normally the voice of doom, so if I can be positive then the rest of you can be :-)
[quote][p][bold]disco80[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]AylesburyOx[/bold] wrote: We're playing new and interesting football, MA and DF have the correct idea and just need a bit of time to get the right players in. We'll be inconsistent up until the new year and then being to roll up the league there after. Keep up the good work boys, we're on our way![/p][/quote]IInconsistent. Until new year!!?? Then the loanees go back and half team is new again.[/p][/quote]Or we get those that prove their worth on a loan contract extension and bring in some more permanent signings to replace those who haven't moulded to the new system. We are in an interesting place - Wilder had two too many attempts to get us up and failed. Appleton needs time and the support of the fans to get us playing the right football that will take us up and up again. Mark my words, this first bit we'll be iffy but come the tail end of the season we'll be right up there. I'm normally the voice of doom, so if I can be positive then the rest of you can be :-) AylesburyOx
  • Score: 10

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