This season marks the 30th anniversary of the Yellows’ League Cup win at Wembley and they could not have asked for a better start to it, swatting aside a team that made last season’s Championship play-offs.
Brentford manager Marinus Dijkhuizen’s decision to make 11 changes was ruthlessly exploited by fourth-tier United, with Liam Sercombe, Danny Hylton, Roofe and Jon Mullins securing a comprehensive 4-0 win.
A manic opening 12 minutes settled this first-round clash, with Sercombe taking aim from the edge of the box and firing home a low, right-footed strike to start an embarrassing night for the Bees.
That fifth-minute effort was followed by a comical second as Jack Bonham’s clearance deflected in off Hylton, before Roofe sent the 903 visiting fans into raptures – taking aim from 40 yards after the Bees back-up goalkeeper strayed off his line.
Ryan Taylor had chances to make it worse in a one-sided first half – a pattern which continued after the break, when clever, unselfish team play allowed Mullins to convert and wrap up a great United win.