We'll enjoy the day and come back with some great memories from Bradford, says Tony Burman

Friday 05th December 2014
DARTFORD boss Tony Burman says he wants his side to create some great memories at Bradford City on Sunday.



The Darts have defeated then Ryman League Division One South leaders Burgess Hill Town (3-1), and high-flying Vanarama Conference South side Bromley (4-3) to reach The FA Cup Second Round.

Bradford City are sitting in tenth-place in League One, while Dartford are sitting in the bottom four in the Vanarama Conference.

“It’s a very tough game against good opposition but I expect to go up there and try and enjoy the day and take everything in and come back with some great memories,” said Burman.

“We was a little bit disappointed not to get a home tie in the round but we’ve got the next best thing – a League club away from home.

“We just want to go there and enjoy the day and take it all in and do the best we can and try and get a result, whatever it is.”

Burman hopes as many fans can make the trip to Valley Parade on Sunday.

Burman said: “I hope that many of them can travel but the cost of these things…

“We were hoping for a home draw and that would get the whole town buzzing, but there’s a lot of expense for our supporters to travel up to Bradford on a Sunday, but I’m sure there will be enough there to cheer us on and give us the lift that we all need.”

Burman’s side are just 90 minutes away from a potential tie against a Premier League giant.

“You just hope things go right for you,” said the Darts boss.

“When you’ve got the calibre of opposition like Bradford, they’ve got certain things that go right for them. They’re professional and we have to realise that. They’re good, quality players. 

“It’s Cup football and for those 90 minutes anything can happen.”

Burman admits sitting in the relegation zone with 20 points from 24 games is not good enough.

“It could have been better for us, we know that.

“We’ve had a relentless few weeks since we’ve played Bromley (in The FA Cup First Round), playing Tuesday, Saturday, Tuesday in that time. We’ve had six games before this game and it’s taken its toll unfortunately not being able to name a full strength squad, which is disappointing for us and a hindrance as well.”

The Darts have banked £30,500 after winning their two FA Cup ties this season – with a further £27,000 up for grabs on Sunday - and when asked whether he can use that during January’s transfer window, Burman said: “I don’t know if it’s money to spend. We have to see what happens on Sunday.

“In January everybody looks at what’s happening and everybody looks at their balance sheets. 

“Players can be put out on loan or leave or players come in. We’ll look at that situation when that comes around.

“It would be nice to get all of the squad back to full fitness first of all. We had a good eighteen players at the start of the season and it will be nice to get them back before we make rash decisions.


“But it’s a situation where I’d like to strengthen. We all know that the league position is showing that it’s not been good enough so far. It happens.

“I can honestly say hand on heart that our performances have not warranted that league position but we have to score goals and we have to not concede too many but the pressure is on either end at the moment.

“I still think we’ve got a good squad of players without a doubt but some are lacking in a little bit of confidence at this stage.

“We were doing alright on the injury front but at the moment key players have been hit a little bit and has hurt us over the last two or three weeks.”

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Bradford City  v  Dartford
The FA Cup Second Round
Sunday 7th December 2014
Kick Off 2:00pm
At Valley Parade, Bradford, West Yorkshire BD8 7DY






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