WHITES BEATEN BY WOOD
Miller red card sees Whites crumble at Crabble
Whites led 1-0 at half-time thanks to Miller’s penalty but the strikers dismissal for a second yellow four minutes after the break led to it all going wrong for boss Chris Kinnear’s side.
The Hertfordshire side, who beat Forest Green Rovers 1-0 in their season opener on Saturday, took full advantage of having the extra man by scoring three times in seven minutes to stun the home faithful.
They added a fourth 13 minutes from time to complete a miserable night for the hosts.
And Kinnear was not about to pull any punches when it came to the red card.
He said: “There was only us going to win it until then and was a matter of by how many and then Ricky Miller did something stupid and that was it.
“He’s got to learn – it’s alright being a good player and scoring goals, but if you start getting sent off it costs the whole team.”
But despite the loss, which was Dover’s heaviest since the 3-0 defeat at, ironically Boreham Wood last March, Kinnear was not going to dwell on it.
He said: “Things like that happen. You just dust yourself off, get on with it and don’t feel sorry for yourself.”
Kinnear’s side had started the as they had finished at Wrexham on Saturday – on the attack.
Miller missed a great chance to give his side a dream start in the third minute but his header from Moses Emmanuel’s cross went over the crossbar instead of under it.
But Miller made amends by winning a penalty and converting it in the 22nd minute after Wood defender Matt Paine sent him tumbling.
A hectic ending to the half saw Wood’s Angelo Balanta, who played for Whites in the pre-season win against Billericay, fire wide from 20 yards.
Seconds later Dover goalkeeper Steve Arnold saved low from Bruno Andrade.
Wood goalkeeper Grant Smith saved from Ricky Modeste before Arnold brilliantly saved from Balanta at close range.
Arnold, who was making his home debut, was not to know the Colombian striker had been ruled off-side.
Miller saw red after his challenge on visiting captain Mark Ricketts four minutes after the restart – and the game turned on its head.
Wood equalised from the penalty spot in the 62nd minute after Sam Magri brought down Andrade and Kenny Davis sent Arnold the wrong way.
The extra man advantage paid off when Andrade turned home substitute Anthony Jeffrey’s pin-point cross five minutes later.
Balanta made it two in a two minutes after he blasted past Arnold from close range.
Andrade added a fourth, and his second, from a free-kick to complete the rout 13 minutes from the end.
|9th August 2016||7:45 pm||National League||2016-2017||90'|
|Crabble Athletic Ground|