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Dartford manager Tony Burman calling on his players to show character after two successive league defeats

Tony Burman

Dartford manager Tony Burman will be expecting a reaction from his players in Saturday’s home Blue Square Bet Premier game with Lincoln after two away defeats in four days.

Last weekend's 3-2 reverse at Tamworth was followed by a 1-0 loss at lowly Nuneaton on Tuesday and Burman, pictured, said: "As far as I’m concerned, the two games we have lost (to Tamworth and Nuneaton) are more important than playing the Lutons and the Grimsbys.

"We haven’t picked up any points from them and now we’ve got to try to do something on Saturday. I will be looking for a reaction from the players against Lincoln and I hope I might get one."

Tuesday’s game was decided by a first-half injury-time strike from Andy Brown following a free-kick – the third game in a row that the Darts had conceded a goal in either first half or second-half injury-time.

Burman said: "We took a little bit of time to get going but I felt that we were starting to control the game in a 15-minute spell before half-time. But then we’ve conceded another goal in stoppage time and it’s just not good enough."

Tom Bonner and Elliot Bradbrook will return to Darts’ squad for the game against Lincoln.

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