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Ardley rues squandered opportunities in Dover draw

18 January 2020

Despite not feeling we were at our best in the goalless draw against Dover, Neal Ardley thought we did enough to win the game.

Visiting keeper Lee Worgan was called into action on several occasions and Enzio Boldewijn’s last-gasp free-kick came off the post as we searched for a fourth straight home win.

But it was not to be and we had to settle for a point, which extended our unbeaten run to nine in all competitions, although the boss thought we deserved more.

“Maybe we lacked a bit of zip but we had enough chances to get our noses in front,” said Ardley.

“We weren’t at our best but still created three or four good opportunities to win the game – we just didn’t take them.

“It wasn’t a fantastic game to watch but we defended balls into our box well, which is what you have to do.

“If we keep clean sheets we’ll always have a chance of winning games but the moments weren’t there today and it wasn’t to be.”

Ardley commended the performance of Dover, who showed why they have such a good record on the road.

“They ran hard and defended well so you have to give credit to the opposition,” he said.

“They came with a gameplan and their away record is really good so it was a dangerous match that you can easily lose 1-0 to a set piece.

“I’m pleased with the way we did our jobs at that end.”

And the boss says we’ll need to grind results out in the coming weeks as the winter season takes its toll on pitches.

“We’ll still look to play out from the back but you have to weigh up the risks attached to that due to the quality of the surface,” he said.

“We’re not brilliant when we start launching it because we become disjointed, so we’re going to have to grind out results over the next six weeks or so.

“Gaining points is the crucial thing. At the moment we’re on target to finish in the top seven but we don’t want to be sixth or seventh.

“We want to aim for top and that means getting two points per game.”


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