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Fleet boss hoping for injury boost
EBBSFLEET manager Liam Daish is hoping to have some of his injured players available for Tuesday night’s game against Tamworth.
Captain Paul Lorraine was missing through illness for Saturday’s 3-2 defeat at York, while influential pair Ricky Shakes and Michael West were both unavailable.
Their collective absence was reflected in the match, as Daish’s side struggled to contain a York side which played 75 minutes of the game with 10-men.
The boss said: “I’m hoping that I’ll have at least two players back on Tuesday.
“We had some big players out today.
“Tom Phipp wasn’t 100 per cent and then we lost Johnny Herd early on to a hamstring, so it’s been a tough weekend.
York’s Scott Brown was controversially dismissed in the 15th minute for a dangerously high tackle on Ram Marwa and the Ebbsfleet manager believed it was the right decision.
Daish said: “Brown had time to pull out of it but didn’t and kept a straight leg into Ram’s midriff, so it was justified.
“If we’d have defended better in certain situations, we could have gone on and won it.”
The Fleet return to Bootham Crescent on February 4 for an FA Trophy tie and Daish is hopeful of a better result with a stronger defence in place for that match.
“Having returning players can’t hurt us, it can only strengthen us if we’ve got more options and more players back,” he added.
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