Fighting spirit delights Ebbsfleet boss

News Shopper: Alex Osborn fires Fleet back on level terms midway through the first half Alex Osborn fires Fleet back on level terms midway through the first half

EBBSFLEET manager Steve Brown was delighted with how his team responded to going behind following his side’s 3-1 home victory over Whitehawk.

After conceding early on to Tom Cadmore, the Fleet hit back and claimed the three points thanks to goals from Alex Osborn, Michael Thalassitis and Anthony Cook.

The result means Ebbsfleet have now won seven games in a row and Brown felt his side’s performance deserved the victory.

He said: “Whitehawk started quite positively and put us on the back-foot before going in front, but I thought the response was excellent.

“We showed great character in clawing our way back into the game and equalising, and then the second half was an extremely good performance.

“After the break we got two goals without conceding and were great in pressurising, in our energy and work ethic.

“They scored from a set-piece that was in the second phase, which is something I don’t like happening, so that was one thing we needed to address.”

Brown added: “In terms of their style, I thought they tried to slow the game down and disrupt it a little.

“They’re near the bottom and are fighting for their lives, so you kind of expect a little bit of an agitated performance.

“We don’t really mind what our opponents do, we always feel the onus is on us to go and get a result.”

Pre-match, the Fleet chief received the Conference South manager of the month award for November and Brown feels the award represents recognition for the whole side.

“Sometimes you trundle along and you don’t get recognised,” Brown said.

“This award is not just recognition of a manager whose team has had a good month, but a football club and a set of players who’ve had a good month.

“Players who’ve worked their socks off and staff who are working behind the scenes to make sure everything’s alright for the players to get those results.

“It’s recognition for everyone at the football club.

“What I was keen to do, though, was to make sure that this was the start of something.

“It’s great to get six results in a month, but what I needed us to do was not rest on our laurels and go and get another result to push us on even further, which is what we’ve done.”

The Fleet now take a break from league action and travel to Whitstable Town in the FA Trophy on Saturday.

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