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Dartford players need to get used to spells on the sidelines as boss Tony Burman attempts to keep squad fresh for play-off bid

By Matthew Panting

Dartford manager Tony Burman is looking at the bigger picture when he changes his team around.

The Darts boss raised a few eyebrows after leaving out Luke Wanadio and Lee Noble for Saturday’s 6-1 win over East Thurrock.

And he is ready to shuffle the pack again in the weeks ahead as they close in on the National League South play-offs.

Tony Burman needs a fit squad to keep up Darts' play-off push Picture Andy Payton

Tony Burman needs a fit squad to keep up Darts' play-off push Picture: Andy Payton

“We’ve made changes and explained the situation to the players,” said Burman.

“What I’ve said goes and it has to be like that. They’ve got to take it in the way it is meant and they are doing that at the moment.

“You can only play 11 and I’ve got 14 or 15 players that can get in that 11.

“At this level when you tell someone that they are not playing they’ve got to have the right attitude and reaction, they’ve got to be ready to go on if they are on the bench.

“It’s a big thing for me to do these things in the right manner. I like to explain it to the guys. Yes, they are upset but at any moment they could go on.

“We’ve got a small squad and if I feel someone needs a rest then I’m going to do it.

"The bigger picture for us is to get into those play-offs in April and the sooner we can secure that, the better.”

Burman will be forced into at least one change on Saturday when Darts host Chelmsford in the FA Trophy second round.

New signing Tom Murphy is cup-tied, so Wanadio or Noble could return.

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