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Dover Athletic boss Chris Kinnear happy with three points but not the performance against Kiddermister Harriers

Dover Athletic boss Chris Kinnear pulled no punches after his side left it late in beating Kidderminster Harriers 3-2 in the Vanarama National League clash at Crabble on Tuesday.

Whites led 2-0 before Kidderminster struck twice in the second half and it needed Stefan Payne’s 84th minute header to clinch the win.

Kinnear said: “We didn’t play great at all – we looked average after we had looked good at Barrow on Saturday.

Dover manager Chris Kinnear
Dover manager Chris Kinnear

“It was disappointing the way we played after we controlled the game and had that lead. I warned the lads that Kidderminster couldn’t be written off in the break because they had done it on Saturday against Grimsby, coming from behind twice to draw 2-2.

“We got away with it in the end because we showed a bit of heart but we should have been more ruthless before then.

“It just goes to show you what a funny old game this is. We played well at Barrow and lost and played poor against Kidderminster and won.

“But the good thing is that we have three points, something we didn’t have after three games last season.

“We are up and running. Now we have got to build on it – and certainly play a lot better than we did on Tuesday.”

The win sees Whites ninth on the table but just three points behind the club they host at Crabble on Saturday, third-placed Chester.

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