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Brown: Point was the least Ebbsfleet deserved at Basingstoke
EBBSFLEET United manager Steve Brown said he felt there was a sense of justice in his side’s late equaliser in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Basingstoke Town.
Despite dominating large periods of the game, it looked like Brown’s men would finish the match with a loss after Basingstoke took the lead with 15 minutes remaining thanks to a header from former Fleet midfielder Neil Barrett.
Yet Ebbsfleet managed to secure a point thanks to Shane Huke’s last minute leveller, prompting the Stonebridge Road boss to reveal there was a sense of relief in the dressing room after the match.
“There was a sense of justice in the equaliser, as it would’ve been heart breaking for the team to have lost,” Brown said.
“The equaliser was nothing more than we deserved and the fashion it came in does create a sense of relief.
“But it is also tinged with disappointment we haven’t won the game.
“What I will say for Basingstoke is they’ve got players who can create chances.
“We’ve also got a side which can create, but we just need to start converting at a higher percentage rate.
“We’ve done shooting session after shooting session and if you come down to the training ground, you’ll see strikers putting balls in the back of the net with aplomb on a regular basis.
“You’re clapping on the side, telling them their finishing is great, trying to fill them with confidence and then you come up against a keeper who makes a brilliant double save to deny Dean Rance and Michael Thalassitis.
“We also hit the bar and there was a definite penalty on Anthony Cook where the linesman and the referee have missed a cute bit of play from their left-back, who has played at a high level and knew Cook had got inside of him, so gave him a little tug.”
Despite the positives, Brown admitted he felt players still need to cut out mistakes in their performances.
He said: “I’ve had some very nice compliments from Basingstoke’s assistant manager, who said we’re the best team they’ve played and that it will all come together for us.
“It is great hearing, except I need it to come together.
“I need results and so do the players, as it is soul destroying for me to go into the dressing room and pick holes in that performance.
“On a performance like that, I end up having to talk about the negatives such as the free header for their second goal, which is unacceptable at any level, when I should be talking about the positives.
“We’ve created eight very good opportunities against a Basingstoke side who are very good on this pitch.
“The positives are we are a team that can create, but we’ve got to stop leaking silly goals in order to turn the performances into victories.”
Fleet now have two home games on the trot, as they host Chelmsford City on Tuesday (7.45pm) and Boreham Wood on Saturday (3pm).
The club confirmed this morning new Kuwaiti owner Dr Abdulla Al Humaidi will be at Stonebridge Road for the Chelmsford match.
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