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Daish unhappy Kidderminster's equaliser allowed to stand
EBBSFLEET United manager Liam Daish revealed he was disappointed with the referee’s decision to allow Harriers’ first goal after Saturday’s 3-2 defeat at high-flying Kidderminster Harriers.
The Fleet took the lead when Dammy Shitta’s 20-yard shot looped across the line, but were pegged back almost immediately as James Vincent finished from eight yards.
However, the Ebbsfleet defence were enraged at what they felt was a clear foul on keeper Preston Edwards in the build-up to the goal and the fact the ball struck Vincent’s arm as he controlled it.
“A big decision went against us,” Daish said.
“I don’t even think it was a decision, but it was deemed there was no foul on Preston and I thought the player had near enough hand-balled it.
“It put them back in the game when I felt we were pretty much on top and in control.
“It was a big decision away from home against a team like Kidderminster who, in the form they are in, they don’t need decisions like that. It’s gone right against us there.
Daish added: “At half-time when they came in at 1-1 I think it gave them the incentive, as they probably realised they got away with it.
“To be fair to them, in the second half, they came out a little bit stronger than us and were anticipating things a little quicker than us and we couldn’t cope with it.”
Despite the defeat, Daish said he was pleased with his side’s performance against a side which has now won an astonishing 16 games out of the last 18.
“I feel like I’m repeating myself, but I thought the lads had a good go,” the Fleet chief said.
“The commitment is there.
“We sometimes suffer from a little bit of naivety, but I can’t fault their commitment.
“The side need to pick some points up quite urgently now.
“We’re in a tough run.
“Our next two games are Wrexham and Newport, so we’ll try and keep taking the positives out of it.
“We’ll mention the negatives, but we’ve got to pick ourselves up for Tuesday and another long trip.
“There are plenty of games to play against relegation rivals as well.
“But it’s about picking up points, so we want that next win sooner rather than later.”
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