Burman again left frustrated by lack of goal threat in Barnet defeat

News Shopper: It was another one of those days for Tony Burman It was another one of those days for Tony Burman

DARTFORD manager Tony Burman bemoaned his side’s lack of cutting edge after Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Barnet made it seven league defeats in a row.

It was an evenly fought game early on at the Hive Stadium but Dartford soon went behind to Jon Nurse’s 30th minute strike.

Burman’s side piled on the pressure in the second half and Barnet finished with 10-men after player-manager Edgar Davids was sent off for a second bookable offence.

But the Darts couldn’t find an equaliser and Burman, despite being positive about the overall performance, was left frustrated they didn’t take their chances.

“I thought we came here and we played really well,” he said.

“We tried to close Barnet down high up the pitch and I thought our tactics were really spot on.

“But we needed to finish some of the chances we created, or for just one of them to go in.

“The fact their goalkeeper got man on the match shows you all you need to know about the game.

“The guys have put in a real good shift today, but with the chances we are creating we have got to be scoring and we haven’t done that.”

Dartford have now only scored two goals in their last seven games and have the fourth worst offensive record in the league.

But despite recording their seventh league defeat in a row, Burman believes performances are improving and results will soon follow.

“I think we have been very unfortunate not to get something from the last three games but that is the way it works sometimes,” said the manager.

“Barnet have had one chance and they have put it in.

“That’s the difference, when things aren’t going for you that sort of thing happens.

“But there was no lack of effort or endeavor and I think we should have come away with something.”

Dartford’s next match is against Halifax Town at home this Saturday, where they will hope to stop the rot.

But while relegation fears may be dominating the fans’ thoughts, Burman believes his side’s efforts of late are something the club can build on.

“There are a lot of positives to take out of this,” he said.

“Over the last three games we have managed to keep the majority of the 11 out there fit.

“We have one or two coming back and I have brought some loan players in.

“All of a sudden we are starting to get things together.

“We have got to keep plugging away, keep working hard and I am sure we can get things right.

“Three or four weeks ago we clearly weren’t happy with our defensive play but it showed in the performance today we are doing a lot in training.

“We looked like we were a lot more of an organised outfit and all we need to do is put the chances away that we create.”

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