Spillane nets first Daggers goal – no thanks to Doe

Scott Doe reveals he urged his team-mate not to take the free-kick, which subsequently put Dagenham ahead at Burton

Michael Spillane’s strike earned Dagenham & Redbridge a deserved point at Burton Albion on Saturday, but had the 22-year-old listened to the advice of central defensive partner Scott Doe, he would still be waiting for his first goal in Daggers colours.

After Brian Woodall was fouled by Adam Bolder midway through the first half, Daggers were awarded a free-kick 25 yards from goal.

When Spillane moved forward to take it, Doe screamed for Woodall to do so instead, but the Brentford man silenced his team-mate with a perfectly executed strike to edge his side ahead.

“I knew he had very good ability and very good technique,” said Doe. “He’s done it in training, but I actually told Brian to take it.

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“Mickey said no and then shut us all up anyway with an unbelievable goal.”

Captain Mark Arber is currently recovering from hernia surgery and in his absence Doe has taken over the armband.

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The 23-year-old, who made his 100th league start for Daggers on Saturday, has enjoyed the extra responsibility and hopes he can inspire the team to continue their upturn in form.

“It’s always a privilege (to captain the team),” he said. “Its hard when the results aren’t going our way, but now it feels a lot better.

“We’re through to the FA Cup third round, got a point away against a very good side and it’s a lot more enjoyable now.”

Read more from Scott Doe in Wednesday’s Barking & Dagenham Post.

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