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Dover Athletic boss Chris Kinnear not taking FA Trophy opponents for granted

By Josh Fordham

Dover Athletic boss Chris Kinnear will not be taking anything for granted when his side take on a team two tiers below them in the FA Trophy.

The Whites face Marine in the second round of the competition at Crabble and their visitors play their football in the Northern Premier League.

Kinnear said his team have a week to clear their heads after a disappointing defeat at home to Aldershot last Saturday.

Chris Kinnear Picture: Tony Flashman
Chris Kinnear Picture: Tony Flashman

He said: “It won’t be easy because it’s their big game.

“We have a week now to prepare for that and the lads to clear their heads. I can’t say anything bad about the players. They’ve been magnificent every one of them. You go through little spells like that and you are still fifth it’s not bad.

“Maybe we are a little bit tired being a young side but we have two weeks now to set us up for a league game. We have the trophy on Saturday, which is important to us.”

Dover have one of the smallest squads in the league and Kinnear would like to make additions to his squad but it is looking unlikely.

A host of teams are chasing former Whites star striker Ricky Miller, who is yet to score at League One Peterborough, but Kinnear does not believe we will be seeing him back at Crabble any time soon.

He said: “We would have him back but I don’t think there’s any chance. I think there’s a couple of division one sides after him. I’d have any good player back.

“Things are tight but that’s down to the chairman and directors but we have got good enough players in the changing room and they’ve done as well as they have now to push on but maybe we need to freshen it up.”

Anthony Jeffrey has missed the last two matches through injury but it is unlikely he will feature against Marine.

Kinnear added: “It might be another week as it’s his hamstring. It takes a little while. He’s struggling a little bit and you have Jamie Allen and Tobi Sho-Silva that aren’t fit either.

“You have three exciting and quick forwards we can’t play at the moment, which makes life difficult but you can’t moan about injuries as everyone has them.”

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