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Dover Athletic boss Chris Kinnear knows his side has got to get over the FA Cup loss against Crystal Palace and move on


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Dover boss Chris Kinnear is looking forward and not back after the FA Cup third round defeat against Crystal Palace at Crabble on Sunday.

And he knows his players must follow suit ahead of Saturday’s FA Trophy second round clash at Vanarama Conference South side Havant & Waterlooville.

Kinnear said: “What is done is done, no matter how much that loss hurts and I can tell you it does.

“Chris (his son) said to me on Sunday night ‘that defeat really upset you didn’t it?’ and, of course, it did. I guess the pain was more evident than normal – I don’t like losing at the best of times.

“We all feel it (the pain) because we all know that we didn’t give a great account of ourselves. But that’s all in the past now. We’ve all got to get over it and move on.”

Kinnear knows bouncing back from Sunday’s loss won’t be easy against a side fifth in the table.

Dover manager Chris Kinnear is looking forward and not back.
Dover manager Chris Kinnear is looking forward and not back.

And the home side will have Kinnear’s side firmly in their sights after what happened on a dramatic final day of the regular season last season.

Whites sealed the fifth and final Skrill South play-off berth and ended Havant & Waterlooville’s hopes of clinching it.

Dover won 2-1 at Hayes & Yeading while Havant & Waterlooville drew 0-0 at already-relegated Tonbridge Angels.

Kinnear said: “Havant will still be hurting from that so they will be out to prove a point against us.

“It will be difficult but we’ve got to show our strength of character after Sunday and get the job done.”

Kinnear said his players would only be training twice instead of the normal three times this
week.

He said: “It’s been a hectic schedule over the festive period and there are some tired legs.

“Hopefully, a night off will give them a bit of a freshen-up.”

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