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Dover Athletic boss Chris Kinnear determined to keep things in perspective in race for Vanarama Conference play-offs

An impressive run of six wins in eight games has left Dover Athletic just six points from the fifth and final play-off spot in Vanarama Conference.

And with only three games to go, boss Chris Kinnear believes a top-five finish is still not out of the question.

Whites are ninth ahead of Saturday’s trip to 15th-placed Chester and Kinnear says three points there would help keep the pressure on the teams above them.

He said: “It (reaching the play-offs) is not mission impossible and remember, we beat all the odds when they were stacked against us to get into them last year and look what happened – we won promotion.

“My teams have a tradition of finishing the season strongly and this year is no exception.

Dover manager Chris Kinnear
Dover manager Chris Kinnear

“Beating two of the other play-off hopefuls (Eastleigh and Woking) in our past two games is proof of that.

“However, we must not let ourselves get carried away by it (the thought of reaching the play-offs) no matter what a magnificent achievement it would be.

“We have to concentrate on what we do on Saturday and not look any further ahead.

“There is no point putting any extra pressure on yourself by thinking about what’s happening elsewhere – you will suffer if you do.

“The other results will take care of themselves. We’ve just got to make sure we get three points at Chester and put some pressure on those clubs above us.

“I’ve been around this game for a long time now and know anything can happen at this time of the season. You can get strange results because the pressure gets to sides.”

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