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Dartford manager Tony Burman on 0-0 draw with National League South leaders Maidenhead

By Matthew Panting

Dartford manager Tony Burman was delighted with his team’s defensive display against leaders Maidenhead on Saturday.

The Darts kept their fourth clean sheet in eight National League South games to bounce back from their 4-1 hammering at Hampton on Bank Holiday Monday.

“That’s why I’m really pleased,” said Burman. “After Monday we kept a clean sheet, defensively we were a lot better.

Dartford left-back Tom Wynter is challenged against Maidenhead earlier in the season. Picture: Andy Payton

“Different type of players we were playing against but having said that they were still trying to get behind you and things like that.

“We had too many players below par on Monday for the first time this season but they’ve got back on track. They’ve got to do the basics right and I’m sure they’ll come good.”

While chances were at a premium against Maidenhead, that had as much to do with the opposition – the best defence in the league – as with Dartford’s quality in the final third, according to their manager.

“At the moment I am quite happy with the way we way we’ve been playing," added Burman. "It was the same back four that started on Monday but we were up against a lot of pace there and Hampton scored another four goals away from home (on Saturday).

“I just feel that we’ve got to keep listening and working hard and encouraging the good performances, and the quality there is in the team.

“They’re (Maidenhead) organised and Alan (Devonshire, manager) gets them like that. He’s had some players who have been with him for a long time. There is no fanciness about them, they work to get free-kicks and long throws and corners and put balls into good areas.

“You do that because that’s the level we are at, it’s okay playing football and getting caught (on the ball) but you have to do the basics right. Maidenhead do that and that’s why they are where they are.”

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