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Dartford joint-manager Adam Flanagan reacts to the 2-0 defeat at Concord Rangers

By Matthew Panting

Dartford joint-boss Adam Flanagan felt his team deserved an equaliser at Concord on Tuesday night.

Alex Wall's early goal put Concord in charge but Darts then created a series of chances either side of the half without finding the target.

A late goal on the break sealed the three points and Flanagan felt Dartford's efforts warranted more.

Dartford managers Adam Flanagan, left, and Jamie Coyle. Picture: Andy Payton
Dartford managers Adam Flanagan, left, and Jamie Coyle. Picture: Andy Payton

"They scored an early goal, it was a great effort to be fair which gave them something to hold onto," he said.

"We grew into the game after that, had a lot of set pieces throughout which offered us opportunities.

"We had two off the line in the first half as well but we just weren’t able to convert them and get the equaliser that I felt our play deserved.

"When you’re like that in games, you find if you don’t pull yourself back into it then teams will break away and maybe get another opportunity and that’s what they did."

As for Wall's goal, Flanagan wants to review the video to see if Dartford could have closed him down more.

"I’d like to see it again," he added. "I said to the centre-halves that we should have applied a bit more pressure in not letting him take that shot but it did look like a really tight angle.

"To be fair, and having been around Alex in pre-season, they either go in or they end up in the car park! On the night, he’s caught hold of it."

Delano Sam-Yorke played as a lone striker for Dartford but Flanagan felt their gameplan was working, albeit without a cutting edge up front.

"We felt they had lots of energy in midfield with their three," he said. "We contemplated playing two up top but we felt it might leave us expose us in the middle.

"They were good in the middle of the pitch, Billy Knott, Sam Blackman and Danny Green, they worked hard when the ball went into Delano to get around him and take passing options away from him.

"But, especially in the first half, we were getting the ball into Delano and we were having a lot of success with him setting it to players and breaking."

Read the match report from Dartford's 2-0 defeat at Concord here

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