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Dover Athletic's former Newport County striker Ryan Bird on life at Crabble

By KentOnline reporter

Dover top scorer Ryan Bird admits he’s enjoying his football at the moment and hopes Whites laid their midweek bogey with the 3-1 win over Woking on Tuesday.

Bird struck twice in the opening 21 minutes at Crabble to set up the win which took Whites back to the top of the National League, and the 29-year-old striker said it was the perfect way to respond after Maidenhead’s last-gasp equaliser at the weekend.

He said: “It was a good evening, job done. We were a little disappointed after Saturday (the game ended 1-1) conceding to the last kick of the game, we felt it was two points dropped but tonight we definitely bounced back and got rid of the Tuesday bug.

Ryan Bird, centre, celebrates a goal Picture: Gary Browne
Ryan Bird, centre, celebrates a goal Picture: Gary Browne

“Every game we’ve lost this season has been a Tuesday night or a night game so hopefully we’ve turned it around with a very good, emphatic win.”

Bird admitted Whites had looked to capitalise on Woking’s vulnerability to set pieces but added that they were disappointed not to have kept a clean sheet.

He added: “We looked to exploit their set pieces because they’re not very strong at defending set pieces and we scored from three, a long throw and two corners, so that was what we worked on, that was the plan and it paid off.

“We were disappointed with their goal, it was a bit of a sloppy one (Dover keeper) Mitch Walker made a great save and he (Joe Ward) scored from the rebound but it was very important to get that third goal (from Manny Parry) to give us a bit of breathing space.”

Bird’s double took his tally for the season to nine, making him the division’s joint leading scorer with Boreham Wood’s Bruno Andrade.

Only two of his goals have been in away games, at Tranmere and Torquay, and the former Newport County man admits he feels very much at home at Crabble.

He added: “I’m feeling good, feeling fitter every week. I’m enjoying my football at the moment, enjoying getting into the box and scoring goals, long may it continue.”

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