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Reaction from Dover Athletic boss Andy Hessenthaler after Dagenham & Redbridge defeat

Andy Hessenthaler says Dover need to find a way to start winning or they will run out of time to save themselves in the National League.

Whites are still bottom after their 2-0 defeat at home to Dagenham & Redbridge and they are seven points off safety.

Manager Hessenthaler said: “We have to find a way of winning very quickly. If it means trying to find a way of bringing more players in and speaking to the chairman then we are going to have to do that. I said that in the dressing room to the players.

“We are going to have to start winning football matches or we will run out of time.”

Andy Hessenthaler. Picture: Matt Kirkham Town Pix
Andy Hessenthaler. Picture: Matt Kirkham Town Pix

Dover conceded two sloppy goals in the first half to allow Dagenham the lead.

A much improved second half saw Inih Effiong hit the woodwork three times but they could not find their way back into the game.

Hessenthaler said: “We are making things difficult for ourselves.

“In the first half there was nothing really in it and then one long ball down the middle. What’s frustrating for us as a coaching team is that at 5pm we did some work on them in terms of video analysis.

“That’s disappointing as they had no excuse on that one and then the second one was criminal. It was typical Dover. I looked at all the video before I came in and we can’t defend crosses and set plays.

“To do it just before half-time was crazy and it gave us a mountain to climb.

“There was a few words said at half-time and we got better. On another night, as Peter Taylor said when he walked off, if we had got the first one maybe it would be a different game.

“It’s over 90 minutes and not just the second half. We were sloppy in the first half and that cost us.”

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