Ebbsfleet boss enjoys record breaking moment ahead of Bromley trip

News Shopper: These are happy times for Fleet and Steve Brown. PICTURE BY KEITH GILLARD. These are happy times for Fleet and Steve Brown. PICTURE BY KEITH GILLARD.

STEVE Brown praised his Ebbsfleet side’s achievements as they beat Sutton United 2-0 to mark a club-record nine successive victories.

On a wet and windy Saturday afternoon at Stonebridge Road, Billy Bricknell scored a brace to secure a victory which also sees the Fleet move up to third in the Conference South.

The win meant a 60-year old club record was broken and Brown was keen to stress his players should be allowed to enjoy the moment.

He said: “I don’t care what league you’re in, or what standard you play at, to win nine straight games is a magnificent achievement.

“When you look back on your career, there are moments like this that stand out.

“If we don’t win at Bromley, someone needs to win 10 on the trot to break our record.

“There are so many downsides to being in football so when you get a little piece of history, you need to make the most of it.

“I’ve told the players not to put it to one side as their names will, for the time being, go down in Ebbsfleet’s history, which is worth celebrating.”

Brown added: “Daryl McMahon phoned up this morning and said he wasn’t feeling well, so I put in Michael Corcoran, who played as if he’d been playing every week.

“That just shows the passion and unity we have in this dressing room.

“I think we all deserve a pat on the back, from the very top through to the management team and the players.”

The Fleet’s next game is a mouth-watering Boxing Day fixture against leaders Bromley, who have yet to drop a point at home this season, with Brown in confident mood about the chances of getting a positive result.

“It doesn’t stop here though, this is the thing,” explained the manager. “We’ve got a quick turnaround and we play an extremely good side on Thursday.

“We’ll have to try and formulate a game plan on the training ground on Tuesday and then turn up on Boxing Day to get a result.

“You’ve got to go there believing you can be the side to beat them.

“They’re a very good tough side and we’ve got to work out a way of stopping them scoring goals, as they’re the league’s top scorers and don’t tend to concede too many.

“I think most teams in the league will want us to win, though, because if they beat us the gap at the top will be a big one.”

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