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Dover Athletic boss Chris Kinnear says his players are determined to carry their stunning Vanarama Conference form into FA Trophy clash at Woking


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A lot has changed since Dover boss Chris Kinnear watched his side lose the Vanarama Conference clash at Woking 6-1 last August.

Just three players who started in that defeat – Richard Orlu, Stefan Payne and Tyrone Sterling – were in Tuesday’s starting line-up for the league victory over Wrexham at Crabble.

But it’s not only the side which has changed since that horror showing at Kingfield – the performances show a complete transformation.

And Kinnear is certain Woking will see that when his side make the trip to Surrey again for Saturday’s FA Trophy third round clash.

Whites are now eighth after the 2-0 win against Wrexham and Kinnear says his players are determined to carry that form into the Trophy clash.

Dover boss Chris Kinnear
Dover boss Chris Kinnear

He said: “They are playing with so much confidence – they don’t want to stop playing.

“But what is important is that we don’t lose our focus. We’ve just got to keep doing what we are doing and if we do, there is no reason why we can’t go all the way to Wembley given how well we are playing.”

As for having an almost different line-up to the first clash against Woking, Kinnear said: “That just goes to show you how far we’ve come and how much progress we have made, if only those three were in that starting side. It shows how this side has evolved.

“But I have said all along that it was going to take us a while to find our feet at this level and we had to bring in players who could help us achieve that."

Read the full story in the Mercury

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