“It was crazy. It was a bit strange. We knew going into it there was no pressure on us as we were the underdogs. It was hard to explain.”
That’s the view of long-serving Dagenham & Redbridge centre-back Scott Doe, speaking to The Independent in the aftermath of last night’s phenomenal 6-6 draw with Brentford in round one of the Capital One Cup.
League Two Daggers fell behind 2-0 to their Championship opponents in the first-half and though they pulled a goal back, Brentford again took the lead.
But Ashley Chambers scored right on half-time to give the home team hope on a wet night at Victoria Road. Dagenham & Redbridge fans may have believed a comeback on the cards, but not many would have bet on another seven goals being scored before the match went to penalties - Brentford went on to win 4-2 in the shootout.
The match equalled the 12-goal record set in 2012 when Arsenal beat Reading 7-5 at the Madjeski Stadium.
“We said that after it must be some sort of a record,” added Doe. “I’ve never been involved in a game like that. It was just constant goals, back and forward. We went ahead, they went ahead. They come back.
“I don’t know how you explain it. There was a mixture of individual errors from both teams, giving away goals and then also both teams were just going for it.”
Doe, who has played more than 200 games for the club since arriving in 2009, continues: “It was actually quite hard to think about the score-line, it was one of those where you’re thinking ‘oh we’re back in front, we’re back level’, instead of actually thinking ‘oh my god it’s 5-5’.”
Daggers boss Wayne Burnett said it was “unlike” the team to defend in the way they did, while Doe adds that the team can’t take too much from such a freak result.
“[Burnett] said there are things to look at in terms of why we’ve conceded, what can we do about those as six goals as it is a lot. We knew we were playing a good team, we know taking a team like that to penalties and a draw is a good result because they are a good side.
“We were disappointed because we wanted to get through badly, we’ve had some bad luck over the years in the League Cup we always get hard draws in it.
“We’ll have a look at it but we won’t dwell on it too much, the main positive to take was that we took them right to the end.”