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Dover Athletic: Fantastic Away Point

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Posted on Sun 31 Dec 2017
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Cliff Moyo was thrilled with his and his FC Halifax Town team mate’s performances as they took home a point following their 0-0 draw at Dover Athletic.

The encounter proved to be a feisty affair, with more cards than chances, including a red which saw Danny Clarke receive his marching orders in the second half.

To play in the fixture, the team had to tackle almost 300 miles on the road, a feat which added to the satisfaction for the defender.

‘I think it is a fantastic point away, especially with the journey coming all of this way,’ the 24-year-old said.

‘Obviously, we knew Dover are up there for a reason. You can tell they are a strong and physical team, and I think they’re fantastic.

‘We are hard to break down so teams like that, we tend to give them a good game.

‘You could tell when the game started it was going to be a bit of a scrap, especially with the condition of the pitch but it’s one of those isn’t it?

‘We’re all playing on the same pitch, you’ve just got to adjust to the conditions.’

An injury to the club captain Matty Brown meant there had to be a defensive mix a round prior to the match.

Moyo had to step in at centre back in place of the Scouser alongside Scott Garner.

For the number 2 however, this was not unchartered territory.

‘In the past I used to be a centre half,’ he explained.

‘Obviously, I was never quite as big and strong as people like Matty Brown and like Scott Garner.

‘It’s one of those, as long as I am playing I’m happy.

‘I’m going to put 100% in whether I’m at right back, or centre back, or in midfield.

‘As a team, I felt we did fantastic today, it was a great point.’

Michael Duckworth played his first 90 minutes of football in months following a long injury lay off for the former Fleetwood Town player.

Moyo was full of compliments for the man who is he is competing with for a starting berth.

The Zimbabwe-born defender went on to comment on the importance of competition within the team, as well as team morale which is produced by results such as the one today.

‘I felt [Michael Duckworth] did fantastically, after being out for that long without playing and then seeing out the full 90 minutes, I’m really chuffed for him,’ he said.

‘It’s one of them, I know there is always competition in the team but that’s good because it keeps you going.

‘I’m happy for him, we’re a strong group and I’m quite close with him.

‘Like I said, team morale is what carries you through isn’t it?’ he continued.

‘Every single one of us defended well in the last couple of minutes.

‘We’ve got to prepare right and get ready for the next game.’

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