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Dover Athletic manager Chris Kinnear on 1-0 win over Bromley

Chris Kinnear says Dover can still claim a National League play-off return, if they can keep their heads in the run-in.

The Dover boss saw his side see-off Bromley 1-0 in the derby at Crabble on Saturday to remain within two points of the play-off places, with a game in hand, and nine matches left to play.

The win ended a run of one point from three games and Kinnear claimed: "I thought we were outstanding, I just didn't think we scored enough.

Chris Kinnear. Picture: Alan Langley
Chris Kinnear. Picture: Alan Langley

"We didn't overreact (after the past three games), I know one or two people might have done, but it's pointless. You don't bounce back if you get too down. We don't get too carried away when we win and we don't get too down if we don't."

Joe Healy's winning goal on the hour was the first Dover had scored in 378 minutes, encompassing a 1-0 loss at Woking, a 0-0 draw at home to Solihull Moors and the 5-0 humbling at Boreham Wood on Tuesday.

Kinnear admitted: "I don't think anyone saw that coming, (though) Ricky Miller hasn't played for a couple of games.

"We had so many chances but, it's the way it goes. The Solihull game we had chances, the game at Woking we should have won that one with the chances we had and they hit us on the break.

"A lot of sides are trying to do that to us now, the lads have got to compete with that. Bromley tried to sit behind the ball in the first half but obviously when it went 1-0 they threw caution to the wind.

"Even though we're not one of the bigger clubs, people treat us like we are, that's something that we've got to cope with."

Kinnear added: "I thought we had as many chances as we've had for a long, long time. You just hope it's not going to be another 0-0 and another one of those days but we won the game and three points was the most important thing at this time of the season.

"There wasn't one who didn't compete. All the lads on the bench and even the ones who didn't play, they were all behind the team."

Dover celebrate Joe Healy's goal against Bromley. Picture: Alan Langley.
Dover celebrate Joe Healy's goal against Bromley. Picture: Alan Langley.

Gateshead, one place above Dover, and Aldershot and Barrow, hot on Whites' heels, all won, making Dover's success even more vital, though Kinnear added: "We've just got to look after ourselves. What it does is keep us up there. There's still a long way to go.

"It's down to us really, if we keep our heads, but it's not going to be easy because we've still got to play some big clubs."

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