KARL Robinson hailed a "massive step" in the right direction as Oxford United won 2-1 at Rotherham United.

The victory lifted the U's to fifth in Sky Bet League One and the head coach dedicated it to Andy 'Womble' James.

Matty Taylor's close-range header just before the hour mark proved the difference in a physical game at the New York Stadium.

It came after Tariqe Fosu's stunner was cancelled out by Michael Ihiekwe's header.

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Robinson was not getting carried away, but did feel the way they came through a big test was an encouraging sign.

"We’re not where we should be yet, but I think that’s a massive step in the direction of what I expect," he said.

"I thought we were excellent and it could have been more.

"I think after we went 1-0 up Cameron (Brannagan) missed a one-on-one, Matty missed a sitter and Mous (John Mousinho) missed a sitter at the back post.

"In the second half after we went 2-1 up Matty missed two or three sitters, which is not like him. We could have put the game to bed well and truly.

"We’ve got so many big players out – Woody (Ben Woodburn), Rob Dickie, Fordey (Anthony Forde).

"But we’ve been brilliant and I’m really proud of my team.

"It means nothing, it’s just another three points and that’s the reality of a Football League season."

The game featured a minute's applause for a fan for each side who had recently died.

Both sets of supporters took part, with James getting a fitting send off in the 66th minute.

Robinson said: "I’d like to dedicate that to Womble.

"I think all the fans know how important he was to the club and his constant support through the good times and bad times was true within him.

"It’s important those people understand they do have a massive influence on our lives.

"I think the one thing the fans can say is their team cares for the club as well."