Barrow AFC manager Ian Evatt has praised the way opposite number Andy Hessenthaler has been able to lead Dover Athletic out of trouble, ahead of tomorrow’s meeting between the two sides at Holker Street, The Mail report.

Dover will secure their survival in the National League should they better Havant & Waterlooville’s result, which would represent a remarkable recovery since Hessenthaler took charge in October.

That was just over a week after the Bluebirds had comfortably defeated the Whites down in Kent, at a time when they were in danger of being cut adrift at the bottom of the table.

Evatt’s side had a remarkable 83 per cent of possession that day, but they are likely to find their opponents will offer far more resistance on this occasion.

Evatt said: “He’s done a fantastic job because when we played them down there, it’s fair to say it was probably our most comfortable victory of the season and they looked dead and buried.

“To rejuvenate the squad and get the results they’ve got to get them out of trouble is very, very good, so he can take a lot of credit for that.

“It’s going to be a difficult game, but going back to us and what we do, I have firm belief in my players that if we turn up and play the way we can play then we can beat anyone in this league.”

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