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THE VERDICT: United 4 Dagenham & Redbridge 0

16 March 2016

"They caught us on a good night." Hear Michael Appleton's thoughts on Tuesday's victory

Kemar Roofe scored the first hat-trick of his professional career last night as Oxford United swept aside bottom club Dagenham & Redbridge to consolidate their position in the automatic promotion places. Alex MacDonald weighed in with a headed goal to complete an excellent night for the U's, as Michael Appleton said to Yellow Player HD:

"They caught us on a good night, there's no doubt about it. I think the boys were still smarting from the performance that they put in at the weekend [a 1-0 defeat by Leyton Orient]. I asked for a response and I got that in abundance.

"I was frustrated at half-time when it was only 1-0 and I think the danger when you've only scored the one goal is that you leave the door slightly ajar for the opposition to pull a goal back. Once we got the second goal there was a period for about five minutes when we were a little bit sloppy and they had a couple of half chances but then all of a sudden we stepped on the gas again and could have scored another four of rive."

Michael was also very pleased for Kemar and was quick to praise both forwards:

"The partnership with Kemar and George Waring up front was very good and very positive going forward. There were a lot of good performances and while a 4-0 result looks very convincing it could have been double that."

See the full interview in Yellow Player HD as well as the thoughts of Alex MacDonald and Kemar Roofe and extended highlights at midday.


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