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Dartford FC boss Tony Burman on the 5-1 FA Cup defeat to Swindon Town

By Steve Tervet

Tony Burman was annoyed Dartford didn't do themselves justice against Swindon in the FA Cup.

Beaten by a strong League 2 side on Sunday, Burman had no complaints about the result but some of the defending he witnessed left him less than impressed.

Darts were effectively out of the game by half-time after conceding three goals in the space of 14 minutes.

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Dartford manager Tony Burman Picture: Andy Jones
Dartford manager Tony Burman Picture: Andy Jones

Deren Ibrahim pushed a cross out to Timi Elsnik for the opener, Harry Smith was left unmarked to rifle in the second and Elsnik climbed highest to power in a header from Matty Taylor's excellent cross to make it 3-0.

Burman said: "I thought we started off OK. We knew we might get some half-chances and in the first 10 minutes, we had a half-chance which we could have done with going in.

"But the three goals they scored were clinical. Although we made mistakes defensively, the actual finishes were excellent by some good players.

"Unfortunately for us, we’ve conceded a goal and you don’t need to get another goal (against you) straight after. That was disappointing from our points of view, that we didn’t last longer at 1-0.

"The game was finished at 3-0 but the boys kept battling away.

"Before half-time, we still kept going and probably needed a goal to take us into half-time. If we’d scored, it would have given us and the crowd a lift but it’s happened, you have to take it on the chin and move on."

Burman's half-time team talk went out of the window when Amine Linganzi scored Swindon's fourth goal just 60 seconds after the restart.

Richard Sho-Silva headed a cross straight to the former Gills man on the edge of the box and Linganzi controlled the ball on his chest before smashing it back past Ibrahim.

Burman said: "We said at half-time we hadn’t been great defensively, although the finishes were good. We’d lost the first 45 minutes but what we did in the last 10-15 minutes of the first half, let’s go again and try to continue with that.

"Players have to listen. We drum it into them and whether people think it looks good or bad, when you clear a ball, you clear it.

Right-back Danny Harris tries to get the better of Donal McDermott Picture: Andy Jones
Right-back Danny Harris tries to get the better of Donal McDermott Picture: Andy Jones

"The first cross has come in and we’ve headed the ball onto the edge of the box. It could have been cleared anywhere else but you don’t want it to be on the edge of the box.

"Having said that, the guy’s volleyed the ball in the top corner, it’s a great finish again, but the game’s over.

"It’s disappointing because, defensively, we’re better than that. Yes, they were good finishes but we shouldn’t have given them the opportunities to finish their efforts like that."

Swindon soon added a fifth before Sho-Silva went some way to making up for his mistake by lashing in a late consolation for Dartford.

Strikers Andy Pugh (suspended) and Duane Ofori-Acheampong (injured) both missed the game but Burman refused to use their absence as an excuse for what happened on Sunday.

He said: "Alfie Pavey's been isolated for most of the season (and scored 12 goals).

"We've played against good players. When I watched them, they were 4-4-2 or 4-4-1-1 and today they played 4-3-3. You have to show that some respect and we've lined up the way we have - the same way we've been lining up for most of the season.

"We've got the three guys in the middle of the park to help out but we were sloppy defensively.

"In all fairness to the big lad (Harry) Smith, he beat some of our defenders up.

"They tried but they bounced off him. That was the best game I've seen him play. I thought he was excellent. He's a great target man.

"Swindon work hard as a team and they're in great form themselves."

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