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Dover Athletic manager Chris Kinnear says home win over Wrexham was well deserved

By Mark Stokes

Chris Kinnear hailed his side's professionalism as Dover beat Wrexham to record their first home win of the season in the Vanarama National League.

Ryan Bird's first league goal since his summer move proved enough to secure the points at Crabble and extend Dover's remarkable unbeaten run against Wrexham to seven matches.

Victory was the perfect response to the midweek home derby defeat to Bromley and boss Kinnear said Whites were good value for the victory.

Dover Athletic manager Chris Kinnear Picture Alan Langley

Dover Athletic manager Chris Kinnear Picture: Alan Langley

He said: "These (Wrexham) were one of the favourites (for promotion) at the beginning of the season.

"They've recruited a lot of players, a lot of very experienced players but I think we looked the better side, we had a lot more chances.

"It wasn't the greatest game I must admit but that's the way it is at times.

"Today I just thought we produced a very professional performance against very professional players.

"I think about four or five of their players have been in sides that have been promoted out of this league so I was really pleased with the attitude of everybody."

Bird's decisive strike came in the 18th minute from an assist from Kane Richards and Kinnear believes the former Newport man will prove a handful for defences at this level.

He added: "It was a good team goal to be fair, there were two or three passes in the box and that's why Ryan is here. We know he'll always get in front of the goal and score.

"The forwards have got to work together and they're such good lads they're not selfish, Kane, who passed to him, could have had a shot at goal and missed but he played a nice simple ball and Ryan was able to score. That shows you what teamwork's about."

Whites face a long trek to Halifax on Tuesday but Kinnear says they will go there in confident mood.

He said: "We've played Hartlepool, who are one of the favourites, and Wrexham, who are another of the favourites and we've beaten them both.

"We're not getting carried away but it's enjoyable to beat these sides and hopefully we'll take forward some momentum from Saturday."



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