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Dartford FC boss Tony Burman gives his verdict on Jordan Parkes' winning goal for Ebbsfleet United

By Steve Tervet

Tony Burman was left to rue what he felt was a fortunate winning goal for Ebbsfleet on Monday.

A ball from the right-hand side eventually reached Jordan Parkes at the back post and he finished from close-range for what proved to be a seventh-minute winner.

Darts boss Burman said: "I don’t think it was a game of many chances to be fair. In previous games, we’ve created a lot more chances than we had today. I just think we didn’t get that bounce.

Dartford manager Tony Burman Picture: Ruth Cuerden
Dartford manager Tony Burman Picture: Ruth Cuerden

"In fairness to Ebbsfleet’s goal, it’s richocheted once and ricocheted across the goal. Fair play to them, they’ve scored and the half-chances we had, it didn’t happen for us.

"They’ve tried to clear it (for the goal) and they were under pressure when they cleared it. The ricochet has not bounced kindly for us, it hasn’t gone off, it’s gone back across the goal and I think the second one ricocheted as well. It came back across the goal.

"It was unfortunate but it was a good start for them and it gave them a little bit of an incentive. It calmed them down as well. We were a little bit disorganised for the first 20 minutes."

Dartford improved after the first quarter of the game but rarely troubled Fleet keeper Brandon Hall.

Burman said: "We played a little bit into (the hands of) the two centre-halves for Ebbsfleet, who I’ve had as players so I know what they’re like.

"In the second 20 minutes of the first half, I thought we came back into it and got more organised and we had a couple of half-chances then.

"I know Del’s pulled off a great save from a set-piece but they haven’t had that many chances either.

"It got a bit scrappy in the second half and they managed the game a little bit better than we did. They are good players, they’ve got League experience and there’s that little bit of knowledge of what to do and I thought they did it at times."

Dartford are 10th in Vanarama National League South with 10 points from seven games.

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