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Dover Athletic manager Chris Kinnear says Crabble is becoming a fortress after fifth consecutive home win


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Dover Athletic are through to the first round of the FA Cup for the third time in four seasons after beating Eastbourne Borough 1-0 in the fourth qualifying round replay at Crabble.

Whites boss Chris Kinnear has no doubt the winning margin would have been a lot wider had it not been for the stunning performance of Eastbourne goalkeeper Lewis Carey.

Kinnear said: “I thought he (Carey) was outstanding. He produced some unbelievable saves to deny us.

“Stefan (Payne) even said to me ‘boss, he’s not going to be one of those FA Cup goalkeeping heroes is he?’ he was playing that well.

“There is no doubt it we could have scored a few more had it not been for him.

“Saying that, we played some good attacking football and we more than deserved the win.”

Dover boss Chris Kinnear, second right, and his staff after the FA Cup win against Eastbourne Borough at Crabble on Tuesday night. Picture: Tony Flashman
Dover boss Chris Kinnear, second right, and his staff after the FA Cup win against Eastbourne Borough at Crabble on Tuesday night. Picture: Tony Flashman

The victory the fifth consecutive at home for Whites (three league, one Kent Senior Cup and one FA Cup), something Kinnear is keen to improve on when first round opponents Morecambe come calling.

He said: “I’ve always said I’d like to make Crabble a fortress and it’s starting to get that way now. Five on the trot is proof of that.

“We wanted a home tie next and we got what we wanted. Of course it won’t be easy against Morecambe but they are coming to our home and we fancy our chances against anyone here.”

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