Dartford boss Tony Burman has explained his decision to drop goalkeeper Deren Ibrahim.

Ibrahim has been the first-choice at Princes Park since 2015 but was replaced between the posts by new signing Berti Schotterl on Saturday. After making 164 appearances for Darts, the Gibraltar keeper now faces a battle to win his place back at club level.

Burman said: “Deren has been in goal on his own for a long time and, in my opinion, he’s had some situations over the last couple of months where he could have done better. I think he knows he could have done better.

“It’s one of those. Do you continue for it to go on or do you try to put a stop to it, let Deren recharge his batteries and go again? That’s what I’ve decided to do.

“Deren knew all about what I was deciding to do but it was a difficult situation. When a player knows he might not be performing to his best, I don’t want to put him through any more pain.

“As of today, he starts to recharge the batteries and get things right and challenge for that spot again. I need him to have a fresh mind.

“What’s happened has happened and I’ll be 100% behind him, trying to get him back to the spot.”

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