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Dover 1 Aldershot 0: Reaction from Whites boss Andy Hessenthaler

By Cameron Hogwood

Andy Hessenthaler has lavished Anthony Jeffrey with praise for his standout performance in Dover's 1-0 victory over Aldershot on Good Friday.

The winger's pace and directness saw him prove instrumental in the hosts' second half assault as they pushed hard for a decisive goal.

Both his and Dover's attacking enterprise was rewarded two minutes before the final whistle when Stuart Lewis met the rebound from Jamie Allen's effort to seal the win.

Scroll down to hear the Dover manager's reaction.

Andy Hessenthaler. Picture: Alan Langley
Andy Hessenthaler. Picture: Alan Langley

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Hessenthaler said: "He (Jeffrey) was terrific. I thought he was electric at times today, the one thing we have to keep working on with him is the other side of the game and he's bought into that, he's been excellent and I've been over the moon with him.

"He's been frustrated at times because I've not had that shape and not had him out there but you can see what he can give us.

"I'm going to have to have a conversation with him soon and we'll go from there."

Poor first touches and misplaced passes made for a turbulent start to the game in which neither side quite managed to achieve sustained periods of pressure or possession.

Hessenthaler said: "We weren't very good with the football and with our decision making in the first half, there were some unopposed mistakes.

"It was never going to be that pretty, in terms of the game we'd done it all last week (by securing safety) and they (Aldershot) had gone down as well so we weren't sure how the game was going to be.

"We grew into it and in the second half we got better, we created a lot of chances, Anthony Jeffrey was causing all sorts of problems out on the left and I think we probably could have scored more than one.

"They had a couple of good chances, they hit the post, Lee Worgan has made a good save from the one-on-one from our own mistake, but I think over the 90 minutes we probably edged the game. It looked like a case of when the goal was going to come.

"We had a lot of opportunities and should have scored more but one was enough, we kept a clean sheet, we're seven games unbeaten so we're looking at 60 points. What an achievement that would be having talked about getting to 50."

The Dover boss named four changes to his side from the eleven that began last weekend's 3-2 win away to Barrow, with Emmanuel Adebowale earning his first start since November.

Nortey Nortei and Josh Debayo were also handed rare starts while Jeffrey reclaimed his place in the lineup having scored after coming off the bench in the previous outing.

Hessenthaler added: "They did great, it took them a little bit of time and they tired at the end but that's understandable. We gave them an opportunity, that's why they're here, we've got a squad of players. The hard part for me now in the next week or so is to make a decision on these players. That's what we've got to do, make a decision on these players in terms of players out of contract and players under contract and then we'll go from there."

Dover's final away game of the season will see them travel to Ebbsfleet on Monday in what could prove a defining afternoon in the hunt for a National League play-off berth.

Hessenthaler admitted: "My old club Eastleigh are up there so I want to try and do them a favour by beating Ebbsfleet, but I've also got good friends at Ebbsfleet. It's one of those games where there is no real pressure on us. The only pressure is to go and perform."

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