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2nd Mar 17
Liam McDonald Previews the Dover Game
We will be the under dogs - I am sure the lads will rise to the occasion

Dover Athletic Football Club   was formed in 1983 after the dissolution of the town's previous club, and has played at the “Crabble”  since the club's formation.

They are managed by Chris Kinnear who is now in his second period in charge having originally lead the club for 10 years until 1995. He returned in 2013 and last season took Dover to their highest finish in the National League reaching the play off finals.

This season they are currently fifth having amassed 59 points from 33 games and have lost just 4 times at home this season. Their centre forward Ricky Miler hit his fourth hat trick of the season recently against Eastleigh and it was his three goals that lead to Moors 2 – 3 defeat against the “Whites” back in October just days before manager Liam McDonald took control of Solihull.

The Moors Manager was in reflective mood after the disappointment on Tuesday when the home match against Torquay United was called off just an hour before kick off due to the deluge of rain which left the pitch water logged. “I felt for the players, some of whom were due to make their first starts in the team, but there can be no arguing with the referee’s decision. It wouldn’t have been much fun either for the Torquay players and fans who had already arrived at the ATG stadium”.

“Like all games, we study the opposition to arrive at a game plan for the particular match. Of course we know of the ability of Ricky Miller and we have to be 100% aware of exactly where he is on the pitch at any time but really that applies to the whole Dover team!

They are high in the league because of the team effort and it is a very good side, Miller will inevitably receive most of the plaudits but so should the defence and mid field . It is they who supply the passes to him and get the team their clean sheets.

So we will not specifically target any one individual in out tactical approach. It will be a tight game and we need to make sure that Ricky Miller does not make the difference

 

There should be a real atmosphere at Crabble this weekend and my players will enjoy it. For me personally it evokes a bit of nostalgia because that is where I made by debut for my first club, Worcester City when I was 17 years old. We will be the under dogs this weekend so I am sure the lads will rise to the occasion, particularly to put their last performance against Wrexham behind them

I am pleased with the fitness within the team and with the recoveries being made by Andy Brown and Connor Franklin. Dapo Afolayan is getting stronger with each match. Callum Flanagan’s technical ability has impressed in all the games he has played for us.

 

The 7th minute penalty conceded to Wrexham proved to be the sucker punch last week end –The referee’s decision is final but I do not think Krystian can be criticised for what happened – these things occur all the time in football, sometimes in our favour, other times against us. We simply put them behind us and get on with the game

We will as always look to be the first to score on Saturday and know what that means not just to us but to the travelling fans. Keep up the vocal support at Dover because it really can make all the difference

 

Liam

 

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