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Dartford FC joint-boss Jamie Coyle on the trip to Weston-super-Mare

By Steve Tervet

Dartford’s players have been told to work harder if they want to qualify for the play-offs.

Back-to-back home draws have allowed Darts’ promotion rivals to close the gap with five games to go.

They remain sixth in National League South but eighth-placed Concord are now within three points.

Dartford joint-manager Jamie Coyle Picture: Andy Jones
Dartford joint-manager Jamie Coyle Picture: Andy Jones

Joint-manager Jamie Coyle said: “If we are going to maintain a play-off position, we need more from the whole team.

“I don’t think we’re under pressure because it’s still in our hands and we’ve got, on paper, winnable games.

“But they mean nothing unless we turn up and outwork the opposition.

“At times, in the last two home games, we haven’t done that and that’s where we’ve come unstuck.

“The boys have done so well to get where we are and that’s through work rate.

“Yes, we’ve had more quality recently but we have to go back to grinding teams down and outworking them if we are going to start seeing some positive results.”

Dartford make the long trip to Weston-super-Mare on Saturday with the hosts facing certain relegation at the end of the season.

Weston are 11 points adrift and could even go down this weekend.

Coyle said: “I expect a much better performance than we’ve had recently.

Elliot Bradbrook scores for Dartford against Truro Picture: Chris Davey
Elliot Bradbrook scores for Dartford against Truro Picture: Chris Davey

“We’ve got to put a team out there we think are going to work harder than the opposition and if we do that on Saturday, we’ve got more quality than they have.

“But it means nothing unless you match the work rate.

“They’re fighting for their lives and they’re not down yet so they’re going to be working really hard, as were Truro on Saturday.

“If we don’t match that effort and desire, we can come unstuck again.

“We can’t come off that because that’s what got us where we are at the moment.

“On paper, they were two home games that we should have got more points from but it doesn’t always work that way.

“We’ve got an opportunity on Saturday to go to a team that are fighting for their lives. With the quality we’ve got in our squad, if we do turn up and put in that effort and real desire we’ve shown recently to get us where we are, we should have enough to win the game.

“But there’s no given in this league and all the teams we’re playing are fighting for something, whether it’s trying to get in the play-offs or staying away from the relegation zone.

“It’s going to be a real difficult game so we need a better performance than we got in the first half on Saturday.”

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