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Fleet boss delighted as team come good in thrashing of Weston
MANAGER Steve Brown praised his side’s new-found confidence following Ebbsfleet United’s 6-0 away thrashing of Weston Super-Mare.
After a slow start to the season, The Fleet are now unbeaten in four competitive matches and have scored 12 goals in their last two games.
On Saturday, they travelled to Weston to face a side that were third in the league, but ran out winners thanks to goals from Billy Bricknell, Alex Osborn (2), Anthony Cook (2) and an own goal, with Fleet goalkeeper Preston Edwards also saving a penalty.
Brown told BBC Radio Kent: “We finally managed to turn our chances and our possession into goals, which is lovely.
“We were coming down here to a club who were third and had only conceded five goals all season, so it’s a bit of a surprise to us as well, to be honest.
“As the game panned out, we made it 2-0, then got a third before the game really opened up, which allowed us to get four, five and six.
“In truth, Weston Super-Mare are a decent side that pass the ball well, so I thought the side showed fantastic discipline today.
“Our work rate and shape were terrific, which allowed us to go on to score the goals we did.
“An early goal helped; we’ve got early goals in the past and have yielded the lead but today we pushed on and added to it."
He added: “The turning point of the game was at 1-0, when they missed a penalty.
“Preston Edwards made a very good save low to his right and then we went up the other end about four or five minutes later and made it 2-0, which helped us to feel a bit more comfortable.
“You saw a change, where the players looked a bit more confident and wanted to take the bull by the horns and win the game.
“The players have put in a performance today that will be long etched in the memories of the supporters who made it down here.”
Brown was also delighted to see striker Ben May make his first league start for the club after a long-term back injury, with the manager pointing out that an ever-rotating injury list has made his job difficult so far this season.
He said: “Ben May made a huge difference today, because where we’ve been trying to create chances, we’ve had to play over the top and down the sides but he gives us the option of playing up to him.
“He’s a six foot four old fashioned target man that causes chaos.
“He didn’t score today but created three goals, so he’s made a huge difference.
“I’ve not been able to put a settled side out; I haven’t put the same side out twice, which is difficult.
“We’re a new side and I’ve had to throw teams out there and make changes every week due to performances and injuries.
“It’s been sticky stuff in terms of putting a stable side out and the only thing that hasn’t really changed is the back five, which hasn’t been an issue.
“I felt some criticism came too early, but that’s football; people tend to get on your back when things aren’t going too well.
“Hopefully that’s us believing in ourselves again after losing our way a little bit.”
The Fleet now play host to top of the league Eastleigh on Tuesday and Eastbourne Borough in the FA Cup on Saturday.
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