*BS*Manager Chris Kinnear spoke to doverathletic.com after Saturday’s game, having seen his side hit an in-form Torquay United for five – moving back to fourth place in the Vanarama National League in the process.*BF*
Dover Athletic steamrolled a hapless Gulls side at Crabble on Saturday, with strikes from five different players – Ricky Modeste, Nicky Deverdics, Ricky Miller, Stefan Payne and Chris Kinnear Jr – easing the side to victory. It was Whites’ biggest win of the season, lifting them back into fourth place.
Understandably, Kinnear expressed how impressed he was: “Torquay are on a great run of form and had kept a few clean sheets recently – but things went for us, and it was good finishing. We played really well and we could have had one or two more.”
Supporters also saw the return of Connor Essam, who came on as a second-half substitute. Kinnear said: “Connor is one of us. He was skipper last year, and he knows what we do. He is a top lad and we are really pleased to have him back.”
Essam’s return adds to an already impressive squad, as Whites move into the last eight games looking to seal a playoff spot. Kinnear said: “I don’t sign squad players. They are all first-team members, and if they are not in the squad they are very unlucky as they have all contributed. As the fans have seen, players are giving 100% for their team mates, supporters and the club – even if they don’t play well.”
Dover face Boreham Wood on Easter Monday – a side who are struggling at the wrong end of the table – but who have had one extra day’s rest, something Kinnear believes will be an advantage: “I think it will make a difference to them, but it is what it is and we can’t worry about issues like that. We just have to apply ourselves as we know it will be a battle.”