Dartford boss Steve King watched Ade Azeez take a hat-trick on Saturday – then insisted there was more to come.

Azeez has brought his campaign total to seven for the season since joining the Darts when Dover closed.

Dartford manager Steve King. Photo: Keith Gillard (50727761)

His triplets helped Dartford defeat Hythe 5-1 in the second qualifying round at Princes Park.

“I’m glad he had a hat trick,” King said. “He scored the goals but there is more to come, there is so much more he can do.

“I’m happy for him, it’s such a joy to work with him, he listens and is never a problem. But I always think there is more to come from him. If you talk to him, he will. will also say.

“I think he could run behind people a little more and be more of a handful at the centerbacks. He wins most of his heads and gets some hits but I think he could be more ruthless.

“He started well but he will probably say he could have scored another three or four goals this season. I’m not complaining, all the players have been fantastic, but we keep asking ourselves if we can improve here or there. . “

While delighted to progress against Hythe, there were areas of Dartford’s game that King said were sloppy that day.

With only two clean sheets under their belt so far this quarter, King wants his team to improve defensively despite the National League South’s tightest defense.

“There were times when we were really good and had times when we were clinical in certain situations,” said the Darts manager. “I felt we could step up a gear anytime and it showed with the fifth goal.

“I wanted a clean sheet because we’ve only had two this year, they’re the cornerstone of what we’ve done before.

“I know it sounds greedy when we’ve conceded the least in the division, but I know we’re better than what we show at certain points in games. That one itches me because I know we’re better than this.”

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