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Dover manager Chris Kinnear says his players are beginning to believe they are worthy National League play-off contenders

Chris Kinnear hailed his side's impressive performance after watching Dover trounce in-form Torquay 5-0 in front of nearly 1,400 fans at Crabble to regain fourth spot in the Vanarama National League table.

Dover hit four goals in 11 first half minutes to settle the contest, before Chris Kinnear Jnr rifled home the fifth with five minutes left.

"It was quite impressive and clinical by our boys, but also defensive wise as well." said the boss.

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

"They had a couple of chances, we hit our own bar, but the lads are starting to believe that they can go further, and they deserve to. But there's a long way to go yet, and we won't get carried away.

"It was a bit hard on Torquay, because they had kept six clean sheets in the last eight or nine games, but it was down to the movement of our midfield players and the forwards. We kept going at them and that invited mistakes."

Kinnear also enjoyed seeing his son score his first Vanarama National League goal.

He said: "He caught it really well, but it wasn't just that, it was the build-up down the left-hand side. We were patient, and the ball in was a nice weight of pass.

"He has been getting stick from the rest of the players because he hasn't scored many, but he made the most of that one, didn't he?"

Torquay came into the game on the back of an eight-match unbeaten run, but suffered an early blow when right-back Durrell Berry was taken to hospital, following a challenge for the ball with Stefan Payne.

The Devon club confirmed that Berry suffered a broken tibula and fibula and will undergo an operation on Monday.

Reflecting on Payne's challenge, which saw Dover's top scorer booked, Kinnear said: "Stefan went in quite hard and won the ball, and their fellow kicked his shin in his follow through.

"I don't think there was any malice in it and Stefan was quite upset."

Sean Raggett came through unscathed after recovering from an achilles problem that ruled him out of the England C trip to Ukraine in midweek, while former skipper Connor Essam replaced Richard Orlu as a late substitute after the latter was struggling with a bruised heel. Essam re-joined the club on loan from Leyton Orient last week.

Dover travel to relegation-threatened Boreham Wood on Monday (3pm).

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