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Dartford manager Steve King reacts to their 1-1 draw with Tonbridge in National League South


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Dartford boss Steve King gave credit to visitors Tonbridge after their perfect start came to an end.

Tonbridge claimed a deserved point at Princes Park to halt Dartford's National League South winning sequence at five.

Dartford manager Steve King. Picture: Keith Gillard (50727761)
Dartford manager Steve King. Picture: Keith Gillard (50727761)

But rather than focus on any potential failings from his Dartford side, King felt the visitors were well worth a point.

"I felt the result was about right," he said. "They came 4-5-1 with a gameplan to stop us playing which they did, credit to them.

"It's the worst we've played this season but sometimes people look into it and think that but the opposition are there to stop you playing - and they did.

"We knew it was going to be tough, it's the best Tonbridge team they've put together since they've been in charge in my opinion and they thoroughly deserved their point.

"We dominated for long periods, don't get me wrong, we were camped in their half in the second half. I felt it was a penalty for handball so I'm disappointed we didn't get that but it's still a point to the total and we haven't lost.

"You've got no divine right to win any football match. There's an opposition to stop you, you have to earn the three points. It's the worst we've played in six games but we've still come away with a point from a fantastic goal."

Dartford handed Bagasan Graham a first start of the season down the left but it wasn't until Danny Leonard was introduced after the break that they asked serious questions of the Tonbridge defence.

"We went with a way that we thought could get joy down their right, we put Bagasan out there but it didn't quite work or happen," said King.

"When we put Danny Leonard on the other side, it caused havoc and he got into great positions two or three times. It was the end little bit, we weren't at the races. If you can't win your games then don't lose them, and we didn't lose it."

As for Jack Jebb's stunning equaliser, King noted: "The keeper was nowhere near the free-kick just before that which was going in the top corner until It bent away a bit and hit the post.

"Then his side-volley for the equaliser is right up there with the best you'll see. It was fantastic and I thought we'd go on from that in the second half but it wasn't to be, credit to Tonbridge."

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