*BS*A last minute goal from Tyrone Sterling helped Whites share the spoils in a thrilling draw with Torquay United.*BF*
Left back Sterling scrambled home following a melee in the box with 93 minutes on the clock. Connor Essam had previously levelled matters in the second half from a corner, but Torquay looked to have won the match after an unfortunate deflection fell kindly for Yeoman to slot home with ten minutes to go prior to Sterling’s strike.*Q1*
Manager Chris Kinnear was pleased with the character his team showed to level and continue Whites ten match unbeaten run, which was hampered by some difficult circumstances prior to kick off. ‘The lads really did not want to lose and It was a good result. The lads showed unbelievable character to come back twice against a really good side, especially as a few of the players got here a little bit late due to a road accident and Connor Essam turned up at 19:35, so we did not have an ideal preparation.’*Lpic1*
He went on to add. ‘We had a chat at half time and we ran them over in the second half with the amount of chances and corners that we had. When they scored the second it was like last season when we were attacking and teams would break on us, which is something that has not happened to us for a long time. But we have talked about it with the players concerned and we will learn from it.’
The draw gave Athletic a healthy four points from two games as a win away at Gateshead preceded the home draw. ‘Four points against two massive sides in this league is great and we have just have to try and get everyone fit and move on.’
Attention now turns to Whaddon Road on Sunday as Whites will be looking to reach the holy grail of the FA Cup third round. ‘I cannot wait for the game Sunday and there is a big carrot at the end if we get there’ beamed Chris. ‘They are under a lot more pressure than us because they need the money, whereas for us it will be like every game and they are no different to Morecambe, Torquay or Bristol Rovers. Saying that it will be hard as they are a great club and full time in league two, so we will just have to apply ourselves and do as well as we can. We are staying in a nice hotel so they lads will be nice and rested for Sunday.’
One player Dover will definitely be without for the FA Cup trip to Cheltenham is Soloman Taiwo, as his loan has now expired, with Callum Davies a candidate to vacate his midfield role. Richard Orlu returns from a one match ban, whilst Sean Francis is sweating on a groin injury. ‘We will miss Soloman big time as he was great for us’ stated Kinnear’. We will have to see when we talk to him again at the beginning of January.
He added ‘Callum has been injured for a while and struggled today, but he will get better.’*Lpic2*