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Friday, September 6, 2013
One hundred and 53 days ago, Daggers defender Scott Doe scored a fifth-minute goal at Exeter to help them to a 1-0 win, which ultimately secured their place in the Football League for another season.
And as Wayne Burnett’s side prepare for tomorrow’s encounter with the Grecians at Victoria Road, the 24-year-old defender still relives what he believes was his most important goal scored in his career.
“I often think about it,” said Doe. “I scored three goals last season but that was the biggest one in terms of it being a winning one.
“I scored a couple of others which were just getting back in the game kind of goals. But that one was a win and a decent one away at Exeter because we knew they were a good side.
“You could go over a load of games and think ‘we should have picked up points there’ but the way it turned out, near the end of a season we got that win and we stayed up on goal difference.
“That is easily the most important goal I have scored for the club. I knew it was important at the time but it turned out a few weeks later to be even more important. I’ve scored nine in all for Dagenham but in hindsight that is the biggest.”
Last season was another struggle for the team on the pitch but Doe and fellow centre half Luke Wilkinson were strong at the heart of the Daggers defence.
There wasn’t much competition there though and the former Weymouth man admits at times it was difficult to play with niggling injuries.
“Last season there was pressure on me but there were two defenders, me and Luke Wilkinson, and that was it,” he added.
“Sometimes if you had a niggle or knock it was hard because there was no-one to come in.”
But boss Wayne Burnett picked up free agent Brian Saah to add some competition now and Doe believes their 42-year-old boss has some big decisions to make, though he hopes he is part of it
“Now we know we have Wilko who is a very good centre half and Brian and me. That is competition but all I want to do is keep my place in the team,” he said.
“I am happy to play alongside either of them, they are both good players so I just want to make sure I keep my palce and keep playing.”
The Daggers responded from Saturday’s disappointing 3-0 defeat at Mansfield Town, with a resounding 4-1 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy win over Colchester United on Tuesday.
And for Doe that was the perfect response, saying: “I was happy we had a game so soon after Saturday because we all let ourselves down, we was confident going into the game but obviously it didn’t go well and we lost convincingly.
“All the lads were gutted and a bit embarrassed about it but I think we couldn’t have put it any better then we did on Tuesday night.
“We got back in the game before the sending off for Colchester which was good and I thought we played okay in the first half but much better in the second. The more pleasing thing for me is that we came from behind to win the game which we haven’t done so often.”
But now Doe’s thoughts turn to tomorrow’s game with Exeter, and with a home game coming up the following weekend against Bristol Rovers, he feels September is a big month for the Victoria Road side.
“We’ve played Exeter a few times and you always know they are going to play football,” he added. “We’ve been doing our work on them but yet again we are at home and we want to be wining our home games.
“I think this is an important month because I have looked and we have got three home games in September and one away.
“At the end of the day no matter who you are playing, you want to get three points. We have beaten York and Colchester, drawn with Newport and we want to win at home again on Saturday.
“Why we let ourselves down last year was because of our home form. Since I have been here our home form has always been solid so I think if we can get back to that and try and get whatever you can away we’ll do alright.”
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