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Reaction from Dartford FC manager Tony Burman after the 2-0 defeat at Eastleigh in the Vanarama Conference

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Tony Burman Picture: Andy Payton
Tony Burman Picture: Andy Payton

Tony Burman knows Dartford are going to come in for more criticism after a run of four straight defeats.

They lost 2-0 at Eastleigh on Tuesday night, having also been beaten by Forest Green, Chester and Lincoln in the past fortnight. Darts are three points from safety in the Vanarama Conference and have played more games than most of the sides around them.

Burman and his players have inevitably come in for stick on Twitter and the online fans forum.

"If they read it, they read it at their own peril," the manager said.

"You do get criticism but you’ve got to get on with it. The supporters care about their club and if there has been criticism, it’s been constructive. I don’t think it’s been personal.

"People are just upset with the situation, like we all are. We’ve all got to try to get things together, back on track. It’s difficult but I’ve got to try to lift the players."

Jack Midson headed Eastleigh in front on the stroke of half-time and Tom Bender sliced a corner into his own net, four minutes from time, at the Silverlake Stadium.

Burman said: "We made two mistakes from set-pieces. It’s happened over the last three or four games. In between, we matched our opponents in the majority of the game, we matched a good side. To concede 30 seconds from half-time, from someone not concentrating at a corner, and to come in 1-0 down, was a little bit harsh.

"I can’t fault the guys’ effort but we made mistakes at set-pieces. People have got to stay with their men, pick their men up. In this league you can’t afford to have a drop in concentration because you’ll get punished.

"I don’t want to knock the players down any more than they already are because it’s been a tough two weeks. It’s not very pleasant at the moment. In some games we’ve played very well and come away with nothing. Last night we matched Eastleigh for most of the game."

Dartford were again without injured strikers Andy Pugh and Harry Crawford at Eastleigh, so Tom Bradbrook led the line. Danny Harris came on for the last 15 minutes as part of a triple substitution but the Darts failed to score for the fourth time in their last five away games.

"We’ve got to take our chances," Burman said. "Unfortunately we haven’t and that puts pressure on the forwards. We’ve got two missing and that’s not helping us right now.

"I can’t fault the players’ effort and some of the football we’ve played has been excellent. But we need to score and last night we didn’t score. We made a mistake before half-time and we got punished for it.

"It’s difficult for the players at the minute. It’s been a tough two weeks."

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