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Dover assistant-manager Jake Leberl says they need to be at their best at Wrexham

Jake Leberl admits Dover have put themselves in with a great chance of making the Vanarama National League play-offs but insists there is still work to do.

Second-half goals by Ricky Miller and top scorer Stefan Payne saw Whites come from behind to win 2-1 at struggling Altrincham to stay fourth, a point behind Grimsby – 4-3 winners at Aldershot – but five clear of Tranmere and six ahead of Braintree.

Assistant manager Leberl said: “We have still got some tricky games to come against two form teams, beginning at Wrexham on Saturday, Macclesfield next Tuesday, then Grimsby and Forest Green who have been up there all season.

Stefan Payne Pic: Matt Bristow
Stefan Payne Pic: Matt Bristow

“We have showed good character to beat Altrincham and Halifax, two teams fighting for their lives and other results have gone for us as well. We are in a great position and the boys are desperate to get there.”

Leberl said: “We were fortunate to only be a goal down at half-time (at Altrincham) and struggled in the first half, but Mitch Walker was outstanding.

"We got them in at half-time and it was a case of regrouping and refocusing.

“The boys were a little bit frustrated by some of the referee’s decisions but it was all about concentrating on the job in hand.”

He added: “We started to get on top, Ricky put us level and then Stefan, who was good all night, got his just rewards with the winner.”

Dover’s trip to Wrexham on Saturday pairs them against the second-best side in the

league over the last 10 games, between them the teams have taken 43 points out of a possible 60.

Leberl said: “We have to be 100% on our game. They are getting crowds of around 4-5,000 and we must look to feed off the atmosphere there.”

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