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Burman impressed by effort in Ebbsfleet win
DARTFORD manager Tony Burman praised his depleted side’s spirit after their 1-0 FA Cup replay triumph over rivals Ebbsfleet at Princes Park.
The Darts certainly rode their luck over the two games, with Fleet missing a penalty in each match through Ben May in Saturday’s 1-1 Stonebridge Road draw and Anthony Cook last night.
Ironically, Dartford’s winner came from the spot as Elliot Bradbrook showed Ebbsfleet exactly how it should be done from 12-yards to book an away first round proper trip to fellow Conference side Salisbury City on Saturday week.
Burman suggested he wasn’t even convinced his side deserved their spot-kick but was impressed by the overall effort after losing five key players through injury or unavailability under the terms of loan agreements.
He said: “Whether they was or they wasn’t penalties, they’ve been given.
“I must say I wasn’t too sure whether our one was and I wasn’t too sure whether their one was. That happens.
“We felt there would probably be one goal in it but when we scored we probably should have kept the ball a little bit better than we did.
“Having said that, there’s five guys missing and I think the players have done brilliantly.”
The Darts chief added: “Our supporters have got us through again tonight, they’ve been the twelfth man.
“They’ve encouraged, they’ve got behind the team and I think that’s good.
“If we can get a few of them travelling to Forest Green on Saturday that will help them out.
“I do get two players back on Saturday and possibly three, so it makes a difference but today we had an over my dead body attitude in our box and I thought they were brilliant.
“Whether under pressure or not, or whether we are the team in the higher league, we had five players missing.
“To me that just shows the character in there and what we are trying to build.”
Opposite number Steve Brown suggested at the final whistle it was Ebbsfleet who deserved to go through based on the two ties.
When asked for his views on both games, Burman unsurprisingly came to a different conclusion.
He explained: “I thought it was a fairly even game on Saturday and probably a fair result.
“I didn’t think there was going to be loads of goals in the games anyway.
“I thought first half we did OK and then we complicated it a little bit again, which we did in the second half on Saturday.
“But having said that, give Ebbsfleet a lot of credit – they’ve put a lot of pressure on and they’ve got some decent players who can turn it on in the big games.”
Burman added: “I thought they came at us and fair play, but I thought my lot were brilliant in respect of they were on a hiding to nothing being drawn against Ebbsfleet.
“For us to have five players out of the two ties, I’ve got to give them so much credit for the way that they’ve performed.
“I thought they did a real good job and they put their bodies on the line. I thought they were excellent.”
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