Doe believes repositioning the Daggers supporters made a telling contribution to Accrington win
Defender wants to see the home fans stay in the Traditional Builders Stand after Saturday’s roaring success
Defender Scott Doe believes the noise generated by the relocated home fans in the Traditional Builders Stand played its part in Daggers’ dramatic turnaround against Accrington Stanley on Saturday.
Trailing 1-0 with five minutes remaining, Daggers finished the game with three points thanks to goals from Brian Woodall and Doe in an incredible finale.
For the first time this season, home supporters were allowed to move from the terrace – affectionately known as The Sieve – into the all-seater stand behind the goal where Woodall and Doe netted, which is normally reserved for away supporters.
The Victoria Road faithful made the most of their new surroundings and sang the team to a 2-1 victory – and Doe revealed the increased vocal support did not go unnoticed in the dressing room.
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“It made a massive difference,” he said. “Mark Arber said to me at half time ‘how much better is that with them behind the goal?’
“Every time we got a corner you could hear them chanting and it spurs you on. At this stage of the season, you need everything you can get.
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“When you’re at home you need the 12th man. You could argue that made the difference.
“We were 1-0 down with five minutes to go and every time we got a corner we could hear them and it spurred us on.”
Playing at right-back Doe has become an unlikely goalscoring hero with his second in as many games, after netting in the 2-2 draw at Barnet last Tuesday.
The 23-year-old acknowledged the feeling of scoring in the derby at Underhill was surpassed by the jubilation that followed his 91st-minute winner in front of the home fans.
And at the end of a week where Daggers have taken seven points from three games, Doe wants the good form to continue at Port Vale on Saturday.
“With the fans behind the goal it was good to celebrate in front of them because they made a massive difference, so from where I headed the goal I was in the perfect position in front of them,” he said.
“We’ve got tough games coming up. We’ve got teams like Shrewsbury away, which will be really hard. We have to make sure we get maximum points where we can.
“We would have liked nine points from three games, but we got seven and we’ll definitely take that. It puts pressure on the teams around us.
“The lads are playing with confidence, which is the main thing.
“It’s good that we’re doing it now, rather than too late. You don’t want to go into the last game of the season needing a result. You want to get out of it, so you can relax a bit.”