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Dartford FC joint-boss Adam Flanagan on the visit of Oxford City

By Steve Tervet

A shot at redemption comes along on Tuesday night when Dartford face Oxford City at Princes Park.

It’s less than five weeks since Oxford dumped the Darts out of the FA Cup third qualifying round.

Joint-manager Jamie Coyle had to apologise to supporters following the 4-1 defeat, so poor was Dartford’s performance that day.

Dartford joint-managers Adam Flanagan and Jamie Coyle Picture: Andy Payton
Dartford joint-managers Adam Flanagan and Jamie Coyle Picture: Andy Payton

But there’s a clean slate now and a chance for the players to show how good they really are in the National League South clash.

Coyle’s counterpart Adam Flanagan said: “As a player, if I gave a poor performance or felt a team had dominated us, when the return fixture came along I would make sure that didn’t happen again. That’s what we’ll be looking for from the players.

“I don’t know if it’s down to their astro pitch but Oxford’s home record is very good.

“Their away form is OK but not to the same level.

“When they come to us, we need to gain a little bit of redemption with regards to that fixture and put in a display that shows all our good attributes, which we weren’t able to do in the away fixture.”

Dartford, who aren’t in action this weekend, have only played one home game since September.

During that time they’ve clocked up 1,200 miles and Flanagan says Tuesday’s visit of Oxford comes as a welcome relief.

He said: “The home games are going to be important and the players and management are ready for some home games.

“But it’s one of those. Sometimes there’s less pressure away from home.

“At home there is an expectation which maybe adds to the environment but there’s nothing like playing at home and Princes Park is a special place.

“We’ve only lost once at home this season and we need to keep our home record good if we want to challenge in the right part of the league.

“We’d like to be doing better, maybe cemented in the play-offs but it was always going to be a season where we looked to develop and improve the squad as we went along.

“The players we brought in have had opportunities. I’m not sure all of them have taken those opportunities but there’s always been a good feel of team spirit.

“We just lack the confidence of putting results together but Saturday’s battling performance (in a 2-1 win at Gloucester) will go a long way for the players.”

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