Kemar Roofe denies Dagenham with late Oxford winner
Oxford's promotion charge continued as a late winner helped them beat Dagenham & Redbridge 1-0 in Sky Bet League Two.
The match was played at a relentless pace but neither side made significant progress in the way of penetration - until the breakthrough 85th-minute free-kick strike from Kemar Roofe.
Perhaps the best chance of the first half came in the ninth minute when home captain Joss Labadie hit a half-volley from the edge of the box that was palmed over.
The visitors thought they had been awarded a penalty in the 59th minute when Danny Hylton went down in the box.
Rather than point to the spot, referee Kevin Johnson awarded Dagenham a free-kick and booked Hylton for simulation.
Oxford opened the scoring with a stunning 25-yard set-piece from Roofe.
It was a dagger to the heart for the hosts who remain bottom while Oxford stay second.