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Maidstone United manager Jay Saunders on 2-2 draw with Dover Athletic

By Craig Tucker

Jay Saunders was impressed with Joe Anderson's composure in front of goal after the left-back scored Maidstone's late leveller against Dover.

Anderson, rested for the New Year's Day game, was only on the pitch because Josh Hare was suffering with cramp.

The 80th-minute substitute made quite an impact, collecting Alex Wynter's pass and drilling home to earn a 2-2 draw at the Gallagher.

Maidstone United manager Jay Saunders Picture: Andy Payton
Maidstone United manager Jay Saunders Picture: Andy Payton

Boss Saunders said: "I wasn't expecting it to be the left-back to come on and score but it's a good finish.

"He showed good composure because when he gets through there and you're not a natural forward, sometimes you slash at things but he kept his composure and finished it well."

Maidstone celebrate Joe Anderson's last-minute equaliser Picture: Andy Payton
Maidstone celebrate Joe Anderson's last-minute equaliser Picture: Andy Payton

Special strikes from Femi Ilesanmi and Nortei Nortey twice gave Dover the lead but Maidstone fought back, with Tom Wraight their other scorer.

Saunders said: "To be honest with you, I'm disappointed we haven't won the game today.

"I think we had some good chances, especially first half, and didn't take them.

"I thought everyone played well today - I don't think anyone had a bad game.

"Against Dover, like I said when we played them last time, are very direct, they hook things on, get things in your box and I wanted us to try and get it down and play and I thought we did that.

"We just couldn't get that breakthrough.

"The keeper's made a great save from Stuart Lewis in the first half, that's a top-class save because it was so close to him, and I thought maybe it wasn't to be but we kept going, kept huffing and puffing and got there in the end."

Tom Wraight has just made it 1-1 Picture: Andy Payton
Tom Wraight has just made it 1-1 Picture: Andy Payton

Read the match report from Maidstone's 2-2 draw with Dover

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