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Dartford boss Alan Dowson admits side’s defending is not up to scratch after conceding six goals in last three National League South matches

Manager Alan Dowson has admitted Dartford are conceding too many goals.

The Darts had appeared to have tightened up defensively but they shipped four goals at Hampton last month and have conceded two goals in each of their last three National League South matches, including Tuesday night’s 2-1 reverse at home to Chelmsford.

Dartford manager Alan Dowson says his side are vulnerable at the back. Picture: Keith Gillard
Dartford manager Alan Dowson says his side are vulnerable at the back. Picture: Keith Gillard

“I feel we’re a bit vulnerable at the back at the minute,” stated Dowson.

“All the sides I’ve had that have won championships have always had really strong backlines, and I don’t mean just the back four, in front of them as well.

“It’s a concern, the goals we’re shipping. We had some clean sheets but, as a whole, we’re conceding a lot of goals at the minute and we need to put a stop to that.”

Dowson is hoping that Sam Odaudu will return for Saturday’s trip to Truro, as well as Tuesday night’s game at Worthing, although the two away trips may come too soon for Tommy Block.

“They’re two tough games but we’ve got to pick up points like I thought we would do against Chelmsford,” added Dowson. “There’s no magic formula, we’ve just got to crack on.

“I want Sam back in and I want Blocky back in, I signed him to strengthen our back four and at the minute I think we look a bit lightweight.

“The defenders have got to defend. I thought the back four and my goalkeeper didn’t do very well (against Chelmsford). I think we need to look at that.

“The players have got to give more than six out of 10 and there’s too many of them at the minute. I’m disappointed to lose the game against a decent Chelmsford side, and fair play to them.

“We’re trying to find that consistency. I don’t think we’ve had anyone outstanding. If we had to pick a player-of-the-year now, it would be difficult.

“The goals have dried up from open play a bit. We need people up front to score more goals as we’re getting the ball in a lot of areas.”

Dowson is hoping that striker Alex Wall’s return from suspension can provide his squad with a timely boost.

“We’re not firing on all cylinders up top but I do think that Alex Wall could be the one, if we can keep him fit then there’s no one better than him,” said the Dartford boss.

“He proved that last season, when we were playing our best football, Wall was in the team against Ebbsfleet twice. I just hope we can get a fit Wall.

“He’s been frustrated by injuries but he came on last week and scored two before he was sent off. But at least he’s come on and scored twice.

“We’re getting a lot of balls into the box at the moment but we’re not scoring enough goals. Hopefully it could be a turning point for him.”

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