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Dartford manager Tony Burman reacts to 3-3 National League South draw with Wealdstone

By Matthew Panting

Dartford boss Tony Burman was left with mixed emotions on Tuesday night.

Darts looked good going forward in the 3-3 draw with Wealdstone, but Burman was far from happy with the way his team conceded goals - especially in the first 13 minutes.

"In all fairness it seemed a really good game to watch," said Burman.

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

"But we can’t give two goals away like we have.

"I seem like I’m saying it in the last month, we’re conceding a lot of goals which has been really unlike us.

"I’m disappointed with the goals we’ve conceded, especially in the first half but in fairness to Wealdstone they pressed us very high up the pitch and got four players in their frontline. It caused us some problems.

"I thought my front two in the first half were excellent and if it wasn’t for two really good saves from their keeper, even though I was upset with the performance we could have still come in at 2-2, maybe 3-3 in the first half.

"It’s disappointing. We’ve shown some backbone in the second half to go from 2-1 down to 3-2.

"It looks like a penalty, he’s got the wrong side of him, but I’m also disappointed we’ve had a player sent off as well."

The point kept Darts top of National League South. Four of their top six rivals played each other but both matches also finished all square.

"All the problems we’ve had with injuries I’m happy (with that)," said Burman.

"But at some stage we’ve got to make decisions. The players are better than that.

"Forwards sometimes go through spells when they don’t score goals and you have to give them a rest, centre-halves and defenders do the same.

"If we’re conceding goals we’ve got to give them a rest or do something about it.

"They showed great character in the second half. We had a bit of luck on Saturday as it should have been a penalty (to Gloucester) when it was 0-0, on Tuesday it went against us."

Read the match report from Dartford's 3-3 draw with Wealdstone here

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