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Dover Athletic boss Andy Hessenthaler wants Crabble to be a fortress

By Josh Fordham

Andy Hessenthaler is looking to make Crabble a fortress for Dover in order to keep them in the National League.

Since Hessenthaler took charge in October, Whites have played seven of his 10 matches away from home.

Four of their next five games are at Crabble starting with a visit from AFC Fylde on Saturday.

Dover boss Andy Hessenthaler. Picture: Tom Mulholland
Dover boss Andy Hessenthaler. Picture: Tom Mulholland

Hessenthaler said: “A lot of games have been away from home since I took over as manager.

“We have to win our home games. Of the three we have had we’ve lost to Dagenham but then beat Maidenhead and Hartlepool.

“Two out of three isn’t bad and we have to continue that. We have to make our home form important to us and make Dover a bit of a fortress.

“Then if we can pick up some points on our travels that is going to help us massively to get the points tally we need to stay in the division.”

Fylde thrashed Dover 4-0 in the reverse fixture earlier in the season when Chris Kinnear was in charge. Danny Rowe scored two of his 14 league goals in that game and his goals have helped Fylde up to fifth.

However, Hessenthaler believes his side should not be underestimated.

He said: “They are probably one of the best footballing teams in the league. Their passing and movement is good and have a striker that scores goals in Danny Rowe.

“I’m surprised he hasn’t gone on to bigger and better things. That is no disrespect to Fylde. “He is a top striker and I’m sure many clubs have been looking at him.

“Fair play to him as he has stuck with Fylde and they are getting the best out of him.

“I try not to focus too much on the opposition. I give the players and insight into how they play and their threats in different areas but we have to concentrate on ourselves and make sure we are right.

“If we continue the form we are in and the togetherness in the dressing room, then I am expecting us to get a good result at the weekend.”

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