Arsenal winger Theo Walcott says his scoring heroics contributed to an 'unbelievable' game after his side came from 4-0 down to beat Reading 7-5 after extra-time in the Capital One Cup.
The Gunners looked down and out when Reading took a 3-0 lead inside 20 minutes, Jason Roberts and Mikele Leigertwood striking either side of Laurent Koscielny's own goal, and Noel Hunt's header seemed like the final nail in the coffin.
But Walcott pulled a goal back in first-half stoppage time and, after substitute Olivier Giroud and Koscielny had cut the deficit, they scored a last-minute equaliser when Walcott's shot appeared to cross the line before Nicky Shorey's clearance and Carl Jenkinson followed up to make sure.
Two goals from Marouane Chamakh and another from Walcott sealed victory, though there was another nervy moment when Pavel Pogrebnyak's header made it 5-5.
Walcott told Sky Sports: "It was an unbelievable game. I'm absolutely knackered now.
"We've scored seven goals away from home - it was great going forward. Maybe defensively it wasn't great at times, but we're in the draw and that's what matters."
Walcott walked off with the match ball for his apparent hat-trick but admitted afterwards his second goal may be credited to full-back Jenkinson.
"I'd love to have goal-line technology to get the hat-trick but if they've not given it, then well done Carl!" he said.
"I'll have to give the ball back to the referee!"
Jenkinson added: "I've wanted to get a goal and I'm just glad it's come there."