Bottle incident overshadows shock Everton defeat

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Brentford's Carling Cup third-round win over Everton last night was overshadowed by David Moyes' claim that a Bees fan hurled a bottle into the travelling support in the pitch invasion which followed the shock victory.

Griffin Park was swamped with home fans following Phil Jagielka's penalty miss which handed the npower League One side a place in the fourth round after the scores were level at 1-1 after extra time.

Both sides had little time to reflect on what was a pulsating cup tie before Moyes explained his dismay what he saw directly after Everton's fate was sealed.

The Toffees boss said: "I saw a fan throw a bottle into our supporters. I thought it was terrible. I said to him 'I saw your face. I saw who you are'."

"He got a bottle and went right up and threw it right into the middle of our supporters."

Moyes slammed the decision to hold the penalty shoot-out in front of home supporters.

"I think the Police decided to take the penalty kicks at the end for security reasons. That proved to be a right bloomer, didn't it?" he fumed.

"If the police want me to follow it up and try to find the individual that threw the bottle into the crowd then that would be fine by me, it wouldn't be a problem," he continued.

"I didn't grab him. I wanted to but obviously that would have brought more attention to the situation."

The incident took the gloss of what was a determined display by Brentford who, like Everton, have struggled for form this year.

The home side could have sealed the victory in normal time had Charlie MacDonald not seen his penalty brilliantly saved by Everton stand-in keeper Jan Mucha on the hour.

Scott, who took over at Griffin Park in 2007, described the victory as the biggest of his career before admitting that he would like the opportunity to claim another Premier League scalp in the next round.

"It's the biggest win as a game for me as a manager," said Scott.

"They have played their fist team and brought on (Stephen) Pienaar, (Mikael) Arteta and (Jermaine) Beckford so we have come up against a very strong side and have beaten them."

A potential tie against the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea or Manchester United would not faze the 38-year-old.

"It's great for the fans and for us and hopefully we can get a bit of exposure," he added.

"In the next round we want a home tie, we want a big club and we want it to be on television."

Moyes, meanwhile takes his side to Brentford's neighbours Fulham this weekend looking to register their first league win of a faltering campaign which has left the club second from bottom.

He admits his team, who are yet to score away from home this term, should have made more of their chances in the first half.

The Scot said: "We abused the opportunities we had to score and knew that they would keep coming and in football you have to take those chances when they come."