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Cup must inspire us' - Fleet boss wants Blue Square revival

PUBLISHED: 11:21 30 October 2008 | UPDATED: 10:13 23 August 2010

LIAM Daish urged his Ebbsfleet United side to take their FA Cup form into the Blue Square Premier after valiantly knocking out Woking on Tuesday evening, writes Charles Webster. The Fleet dug themselves out of a hole at Kingfield last Saturday by coming

LIAM Daish urged his Ebbsfleet United side to take their FA Cup form into the Blue Square Premier after valiantly knocking out Woking on Tuesday evening, writes Charles Webster.

The Fleet dug themselves out of a hole at Kingfield last Saturday by coming back from 2-0 down to level with two second-half penalties from Luke Moore.

The momentum was then with the hosts as they went into this midweek replay and they never looked like going down to a moderate Cards outfit.

Kezi Ibe sent the Ebbsfleet Express on the fast track to the first round with the only goal of the game and Daish is demanding similar showings in the league.

"The lads showed a lot of character and togetherness to get back into the tie at the weekend and we put in a professional display on Tuesday," the 40-year-old manager said. "We've got to take a lot of encouragement out of our last two performances - how we stuck together and stood up - and take that into our game up at Burton."

Michael Gash forced a good third-minute stop from Carl Pentney as the Ebbsfleet striker took down a ball from Ibe and fired low at goal.

Lance Cronin foiled Woking's lively Wilfred Dormoraud with a block before Ibe broke the deadlock on 19 minutes.

Tom Hutchinson's poor clearance header fell invitingly at the feet of Ibe, who struck a rasping 25-yard shot into the net.

Just before half-time, Gash tried his luck from similar range yet, this time, Pentney made an easy save.

Moore was stretchered off on 56 minutes after a heavy challenge from Cards' skipper Colin Miles and replaced by Ricky Shakes, who had less success on the right wing.

The Fleet kept things tight in the second half and managed to navigate their way safely to the final whistle without encountering a fierce Woking fightback.

For Liam Daish and his side, the trip to Crewe Alexandra's Gresty Road ground in round one is well deserved.

"It's a chance for the lads to, hopefully, give a good impression of Conference football. We'll compete, have a real go and try and express ourselves against a team that are two divisions above us. You never know what can happen."

Captain Paul McCarthy (back) and Moore (shin) are both injury doubts for the Fleet's upcoming trip to the Pirelli Stadium.

Ebbsfleet United: Cronin 7, Opinel 7, Smith 7, Long 8, Ricketts 7, Charles 7, Barrett 7, Stone 7, Moore 7 (Shakes 56, 6), Gash 7, Ibe 8 (Purcell 79). Subs not used: Mott, Bowes, Pooley, Hand, Hawkins. Att: 869.

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