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Brown bewildered how Ebbsfleet didn't get something at Dover
EBBSFLEET United manager Steve Brown felt his side did not deserve to come away from the game empty handed after last night’s 2-1 loss at Dover Athletic.
In an absorbing encounter, Richard Orlu put the hosts ahead early on before Anthony Cook equalised for the Fleet.
Tom Murphy’s fine half-volleyed second half goal won it for Dover, although Ebbsfleet dominated possession for long periods and Brown was disappointed not to take anything away from the game.
He said: “The winner was a brilliant finish but it was a basic goal to give away, which was a shame as it was their only real shot on target in the second half I think.
“I have to say, they started the match very well.
“Dover were completely on top in the first 20 minutes and Elliot Charles bullied our two centre halves.
“Once we got hold of him, our football took over and by the time we equalised, I thought we were picking them apart quite easily, which continued for 25 minutes into the second half.
“The goal just knocked the stuffing out of the performance, though.
“Once we ironed out the first 20 minutes, I really did only see one team going on to win it when we equalised and it was a shame the one ball we didn’t deal with fell nicely for a great finish.
“I said in the dressing room that if they give me that sort of performance and effort levels, we won’t be far away.”
Brown added: “I thought the performance certainly warranted not losing, and with the chances we missed I think it’s a crime we haven’t come away with at least something.
“I leave here disappointed and scratching my head how we’ve put on that performance and come away with nothing.”
Despite the defeat, the Ebbsfleet manager was pleased to be able to welcome Billy Bricknell back into the squad after a back injury kept the striker out of the opening day draw against Havant & Waterlooville.
Brown said: “Bill gave me the thumbs up to start but I said I couldn’t see how I could start him as he hasn’t done anything since the Brighton friendly.
“You don’t know how his injury will react, so it was best to hold him back.
“We weren’t planning on putting him on that early but Michael Thalassitis took a rather bad knock to the cheek and he was seeing stars a little bit, so I had to make the change.
“The half an hour he played will have opened his lungs up at least for a possible start on Saturday.”
The Fleet travel to Eastbourne Borough looking to record their first win of the season.
Despite his knock, Thalissitis is expected to be fit, while fellow striker Ben May is hoping to return to training soon following a back injury that kept him out of a large part of pre-season.
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