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Dartford FC joint-boss Jamie Coyle on the 2-0 win over Woking

By Steve Tervet

Jamie Coyle hailed Dartford's work ethic after they completed the double over title-chasing Woking.

Darts won 2-0 at Princes Park on Saturday, giving the National League South leaders nothing all afternoon.

The back four were immense and Dartford defended from the front, winning their battles all over the pitch.

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Jamie Coyle barks out instructions from the sidelines against Woking Picture: Andy Jones
Jamie Coyle barks out instructions from the sidelines against Woking Picture: Andy Jones

Report: Dartford 2 Woking 0

"I'm absolutely over the moon," said joint-manager Coyle. "To play (the team) top of the league and for our keeper not to be bothered apart from one save is testament to the whole team and how well we defended collectively.

"We could have had one or two more goals on the counter-attack at the end of the game as well.

"The boys have worked really hard, they've put a real good shift in and I thought we thoroughly deserved the win.

"I'm going home really happy. Not only have we comfortably beat top of the league but they haven't looked like they were going to score a goal for 90 minutes.

"We defended really well and it wasn't just the back five, it was the whole team. Out of possession, we had brilliant shape, it was hard to break down and we frustrated them - especially in the first half when they were just playing long balls going straight through to Bailey. I thought the structure of the team was great."

Everyone in a white shirt played well but Coyle reserved special praise for Tom Bonner and Ronnie Vint.

"The two centre-halves were colossal," he said. "I don't think they lost a header.

Darren McQueen looks to get in between Woking's defenders Picture: Andy Jones
Darren McQueen looks to get in between Woking's defenders Picture: Andy Jones

"We conceded a sloppy goal last week, we spoke about it in training and we worked on some defensive shape. Today they were so strong.

"Woking threw a lot of direct balls up to them in the second half when Bradbury came on and they dealt with everything.

"The shape, even behind them with the full-backs coming round, it was great to see. To play against Woking and Bailey only have one save to make, that says everything for me."

Dartford have now taken six points off Woking this season without conceding a goal.

Coyle said: "We always knew we've got some fantastic characters and when they all started to gel together, with the new boys buying into the philosophy of the club, we're now getting 11 players that are all singing from the same hymn sheet and really driving forward.

"You could see today with people throwing their bodies in front of shots and clearing set-pieces... We gave away a few silly set-pieces at times in our final third but we defended them brilliantly.

"It's testament to all the lads, even the front boys, out of possession. They worked so hard and it was a real collective performance today.

"It's hard to pick out individuals because everyone got a seven or eight out of 10 and if you do that, you'll win more than you lose."

Clinical finishes from strike partners Darren McQueen and Phil Roberts won the game for Dartford.

Coyle said: "The movement and work-rate from Darren and Phil caused them problems throughout the whole game.

"We knew the two centre-halves lack a bit of mobility and if we could get the full-backs a bit higher, engaging with our wingers, it leaves a little bit of space down the side.

"Mark Onyemah played a brilliant ball (for the first goal). He's gone to press the winger, won it and played a great ball down the side and Macca's taken his goal brilliantly.

"I thought he shot quite early actually but what a fantastic finish."

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