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Dover Athletic boss Chris Kinnear admits it was tough going in FA Cup tie against Eastbourne Borough


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Dover boss Chris Kinnear was brutally honest after watching his side score a dramatic late winner in the FA Cup fourth qualifying round tie at Eastbourne Borough on Saturday.

Defender Sean Raggett headed home a 92nd minute corner from Nicky Deverdics to seal a 2-1 win against the National League South side.

Stefan Payne had given Kinnear's side the lead in the third minute before substitute Gavin McCallum equalised in the 77th minute.

Dover Athletic manager Chris Kinnear Picture: Alan Langley
Dover Athletic manager Chris Kinnear Picture: Alan Langley

The win sees Whites reach the first round for the third consecutive season, the first time that has happened in the club's history.

But Kinnear admits they are fortunate to be in Monday's draw.

He said: "To be honest, we got away with it. They were a little bit better than us at times and they had more desire.

"We could have gone today, like a lot of teams in our league have against lower league opposition, and the lads had to really dig in to ensure we didn't follow suit.

"We knew it wasn't going to be easy against them after we just scraped past them at this stage last season and it wasn't.

"It wasn't the best of performances but the important thing is that we've got ourselves through and we’re in the hat for the next round."

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