Ebbsfleet United manager Jamie Day was delighted by his side’s 1-0 home victory over Forest Green Rovers that saw them through to the last 16 of the FA Trophy, although he also revealed he wants his side to play even better.

After Forest Green’s Dale Bennett saw red for a foul on The Fleet’s Danny Kedwell, Daryl McMahon’s superb 20-yard half volley gave The Fleet victory, although they spent a large period of the closing stages penned back in their own half, with goalkeeper Preston Edwards pulling off some fine saves.

This left Day pleased with the victory but also eager to get his side playing well for 90 minutes.

He said: “For about 70 minutes, we played really well.

“I thought we moved the ball quickly and there was a tempo that I want to have here.

“In the last 15 or 20 minutes, we looked a bit edgy, stopped doing what we’d done and let them back into it.

“In fairness, Preston pulled off two or three really good saves.

“Overall, it may have been a bit of nervousness after not winning at home for such a long time.

“For the majority of the game, though, we looked really good and now I want to get that over the 90 minutes.”

Day added: “It’s nice to keep a clean sheet.

“I felt for a good period of the game we looked comfortable and then Preston’s been called upon to make two or three good saves.

“I’m pleased with Preston, as well, as he’s been out for a while after losing his place in the team but I think he showed what a good goalkeeper he is.

“I’m pleased to keep a clean sheet but I felt we could have defended a little bit better to see the game out.”

The win capped off an eventful week for The Fleet, having also signed five new players, including the high profile capture of Gillingham striker Danny Kedwell, and Day wants them all to make an immediate impression.

“All the signings that we make are going to need to make an impact straight away as we haven’t the time for them to bed in and get used to their surroundings”, The Stonebridge Road chief said.

“They need to hit the ground running and I felt the three put in a good shift today and showed what qualities they’ve got.

“There’s a vision where this club wants to be and, when you speak to players, you’re selling that vision.

“You need to get those performances on the pitch, that’s how you do it, so we need to attract the quality of players to do that and, if we can do, then hopefully we go in the right direction.

“It’s not going to be easy, we’ve got a lot of hard games coming up, but when you’re getting in quality players, then you give yourself a chance.

“The new players are here for the right reasons and they want to take this club forward.

“We’ve signed players but we do only have 16 fit players available and they were the ones that featured today.

“We’ll start to get a few back hopefully in the next week or so and we’ll look into whether we need to bring another forward in or not next week.”

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