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Dartford FC joint-boss Adam Flanagan believes they will keep improving

By Matthew Panting

Joint-boss Adam Flanagan insists Dartford will only get better in the second half of the season.

Despite a stop-start first half to the campaign, Darts are just four points off third place in National League South with a game in hand.

Flanagan isn’t just expecting Dartford to pick up more points – he wants their performances to put a smile on fans’ faces as well.

Adam Flanagan on the touchline with Jamie Coyle Picture: Alan Langley
Adam Flanagan on the touchline with Jamie Coyle Picture: Alan Langley

“We’re positioned quite well at the moment and I think it’s the tip of the iceberg for us really,” said Flanagan.

“Hopefully in the second half of the season everyone, management team included, will show what we’re about.

“We want to do really well, we want to be liked and play a good brand of football – but it’s a process.

“In the early part of the season it wasn’t happening for us and we changed it, going back to being difficult to beat.

“We started winning games so we’ve had success through that but our philosophy will come out more in the second half of the season as we try to develop things further.

“As the season goes on, we’ll see more substance in the way we’re playing, we’ll start scoring more goals and hopefully everyone will be a lot happier.”

Flanagan and joint-boss Jamie Coyle took over in the summer from the long-serving Tony Burman.

Darts are starting to show greater consistency after a run of just two defeats in their last nine league games – a run they want to extend at Wealdstone this Saturday.

Phil Roberts on the ball during Dartford's win over Welling Picture: Alan Langley
Phil Roberts on the ball during Dartford's win over Welling Picture: Alan Langley

“We’ve got to start building a bit of momentum,” added Flanagan. “You see it every year that teams might be outside the play-offs and as the season progresses, they get stronger and stronger and make a late run.

“From what we’ve shown, we can give most teams a good game. If we’re really at it then we can beat most teams. It’s all right saying that but you have to deliver performances.

“We know at Dartford that there’s a lot of expectation. We’re an ambitious club, we’re ambitious managers and we’ve got ambitious players.

“When we apply ourselves the right way we can give anyone in this division a good game and with a bit of tweaking here and there, we can become even better in the second half of the season.

“We go into what I think is a big month in January. We play a lot of teams that should be up there and we need to come out of it with a healthy points return.

“The one thing we’ve said all along is that we think there’s more to come from the side.

“We are a club in transition, there’s a lot of players that are understanding what Dartford is about. I believe we will get better as the season goes along.”

Mark Onyemah (hamstring) and Lee Noble (suspension) will miss the trip to Wealdstone but Darts are hoping to sign a midfielder to bolster their squad ahead of the weekend.

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