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Dover Athletic boss Chris Kinnear believes any talk of promotion is premature and dangerous.

By Richard Harvey

Dover boss Chris Kinnear has dismissed any talk of promotion, despite the fact his side are now fourth in the Vanarama National League table after Tuesday’s 3-2 win at Torquay United.

Stefan Payne’s double and Jack Parkinson’s second goal in two games clinched the three points in Devon and a fourth consecutive win for Whites.

But Kinnear believes any talk of promotion is premature and dangerous.

Dover manager Chris Kinnear
Dover manager Chris Kinnear

He said: “Of course we are all delighted with how things are going at the moment, but it’s still only early days.

“It would be foolish and dangerous to start looking ahead at this stage of the season.

“You know me, I won’t be getting carried away by all the hype because there’s always something waiting to hurt you all the time in this league.

“If you let your guard down you will get beat and I want to ensure we don’t do that by taking each game as it comes.

“I don’t, and won’t, ever take anything for granted in this league – you have to earn every win and every point and that’s what we are focused on.

“For me, it is just about taking it one game at a time and keep ticking the games off one by one.

“It’s business as usual as far as I am concerned, regardless of where we are in the table, because it can change so quickly in this league – we’ve all seen that.”

Whites host ninth-placed Wrexham at Crabble on Saturday (3pm) and Kinnear’s side performed well against them last season.

They won the corresponding fixture 2-0 before drawing 1-1 in Wales.

Despite that impressive record, Kinnear is taking nothing for granted, he knows his side will face another stiff challenge.

He said: “There are a lot of good sides in the top half of the table and Wrexham are certainly one.

“They are a massive club with a lot of ambition.

“But we cannot afford to think about them – it’s a matter of us keeping going and focusing on our own game.”

Kinnear will be without defender Sam Magri for the second consecutive game as he’s on international duty for the Malta under-21s.

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