TONY Burman is backing Jamie Coyle to bounce back after last night's penalty miss against Heybridge Swifts.

The game was evenly poised at 0-0 in the 53rd minute when Coyle saw his spot kick saved by Heybridge keeper Olly Morris-Saunders.

Things appeared to go from bad to worse for Dartford 10 minutes later when Luke Fisher fired the visitors in front at Princes Park.

However, Dartford's and Coyle's blushes were spared late on when James White headed home a dramatic equaliser to earn Burman's side their fifth point of the season, a result which prevented Darts from propping up the table.

The manager said: "Jamie has been our regular penalty taker for a while now and even though he missed his last one, you would still usually put your mortgage on him to score.

"He is most unfortunate and was absolutely gutted afterwards, but I'm confident he can put his disappointment behind him.

"It is just the way things are going for us at the moment and I am disappointed we didn't manage to take all three points."

Burman added: "We didn't really play well in the first half, but to be fair to the lads they did a lot better after the break.

"After the penalty miss, we have maybe put ourselves under a bit of pressure and then Heybridge have gone and scored which adds to this.

"However, we showed our resolve by scoring late on through James White although I'm still looking at it as two points dropped."

The manager was also keen to praise the positive attitude of White afterwards after the player was dropped to the bench following Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Staines Town.

Burman said: "It was a great header from a corner. James has come in and done well, but I tried a different formation last night which is why he was named as a substitute.

"He didn't complain and took my decision really well, which is a credit to him."

Dartford take a break from the league this Saturday when they entertain fellow Ryman Premiership side Hastings United in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup.

However, Burman has been given a major headache ahead of the clash by having several senior players unavailable.

Alex O'Brien, Nick Barnes and Steve Norman are all out through injury and there remains a major doubt over Adam Flanagan (back) and Tony Kessell (groin) being able to shake off their respective problems.

Jamie Day is suspended.