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Dover Athletic skipper Mitch Brundle says no-one at Crabble is getting carried away by their fine start

By Mark Stokes

Skipper Mitch Brundle says it’s so far so good for Dover but there is no way the squad will allow complacency to set in.

Tuesday's last-gasp 2-2 draw at fellow play-off hopefuls Sutton kept Whites in the top two of the National League and on Saturday they travel to bottom club Torquay.

Chris Kinnear’s men have twice been top this season - most recently after Saturday's 1-0 home win over Solihull - but Brundle says no-one at Crabble is getting carried away.

Mitch Brundle. Picture: Tony Flashman
Mitch Brundle. Picture: Tony Flashman

The midfielder said: “So far so good and all the boys will tell you the atmosphere in the dressing room is unbelievable.

“Everything’s going well but no one’s getting complacent. The first thing the gaffer says when he comes in (after a win) is ‘right that’s a great result but now we start looking at the next game’ and that’s great because the moment you start thinking you’re just going to go in and win a game, things can go wrong.

“That’s the nature of this league. If you tried to predict a few results this Saturday nine times out of 10 you’d get most of them wrong. You look at it and you think ‘how did they win there?’

“It’s happened to us. We felt confident going into the Boreham Wood game (Whites were top when they lost 1-0 at home in September), maybe naivety did that but it’s good to have that lesson early because it will remind people that we maybe got a bit ahead of ourselves.”

Whites boss Kinnear says the only time being top matters is at the end of the season and his 22-year-old skipper is of the same opinion.

Brundle added: “I’m not really one to look (at the table). It’s a bit false looking now because people start saying ‘oh we’ve got to win this game or that game’.

“It’s important just to keep doing the basics right. If you do that, at the end of the day you’ll find yourself up there, if you don’t, you won’t.”

Brundle says Whites need to be wary of the threat posed by Torquay, who beat Maidenhead 4-0 at Plainmoor on Tuesday to claim their first win of the campaign.

He said: “When you’re down at the bottom and you play the big teams they’re your free games and people play with a bit more freedom.

“Before you know it, people start nicking results off you and you end up crawling back down the table quicker than you came up it."

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