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Tony Burman pleased with Ryan Hayes' display after earning Dartford a point against Welling United

Tony Burman
Tony Burman

Dartford Tony Burman praised Ryan Hayes for rescuing a point in the Blue Square Bet South derby with Welling on Tuesday.

Hayes, who has been on the bench for the last seven league games, came on with 17 minutes left and fired in a stunning 35-yard free-kick in the 83rd minute.

"It was a great free-kick and he is capable of doing that," said Burman.

"Ryan has been left out for a while but I’m pleased for him. He has been a bit upset (about not playing) and rightly so but he has to learn that it’s a squad game."

Hayes provided the moment of inspiration that had been missing for the home side, their flat performance after a bright 20 minutes being put down to fatigue by the Darts boss.

"We’ve played all the top sides in the last month and we looked a little bit jaded," said Burman.

"We didn’t have the spark that we’ve had in recent home games."

Dartford host lowly Hampton on Saturday before travelling to Dorchester on Tuesday. With tired legs among his squad, Burman insisted that the home fans have a major role to play.

"I hope they get behind us as we might need that 12th man," said Burman. "Hampton are below us and we need to get the points."

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