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Dover Athletic manager Chris Kinnear reacts to home draw with Maidenhead United

By Mark Stokes

Chris Kinnear was disappointed but philosophical after Dover were pegged back by a 93rd minute equaliser against Maidenhead on Saturday.

Only a handful of seconds remained at Crabble when visiting striker Jake Hyde bundled the ball home to cancel out Ryan Bird's 76th minute header and leave the National League game all-square at 1-1.

Boss Kinnear admitted the Whites dressing room was deflated afterwards but said there had been no criticism of the players for letting two points slip.

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

Kinnear, whose side remain second three points behind Macclesfield, explained: "It was disappointing but then we've won games or drawn games in the last minutes.

"I think there were six teams in our league today who scored after the 90th minute and that's part and parcel of football.

"You can't let it knock you down. We're disappointed, it's two more points we could have had but, you've got to move on, it's no good feeling sorry for yourselves because no-one else feels sorry for you.

"They're disappointed, of course they're disappointed but we've got to get them up, we've got a game Tuesday (at home to Woking) and move on.

"There'll be bigger shocks and upsets than that as the season goes on but you've got to always look to be positive.

"I'm sure the lads will get their heads up, we didn't dig anyone out, we weren't unpleasant to them or call them names like some people might we've just got to keep behind them."

Kinnear felt his side had done enough to earn a third straight home league win, and admitted their game management could have been better in those final seconds.

He added: "They (Maidenhead) didn't really have many chances at all, we just showed a lack of professionalism in the last kick, the last 10 seconds really.

"The ball should have been played right up the other end into the far corner, rather than kicking it off at the halfway line, and then track one player.

"It was as simple as that, we know why (it happened), we can address it in future, and make sure it doesn't happen again and hopefully we can progress.

"We're still second in the league so that's not a bad state to be in at this stage of the season."

Whites gave a debut to striker James Alabi, who signed on loan from Tranmere a day earlier, and Kinnear feels the 22-year-old former Chester man will be an real asset.

He added: "He's busy and direct and we want someone up there who is a little bit different to what we've got at the moment."

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