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Cupset in our favour' - Daish: Defeat gives us time to get players back

PUBLISHED: 11:47 05 November 2009 | UPDATED: 11:12 23 August 2010

LIAM Daish has welcomed the upcoming free weekend as a blessing in disguise after Ebbsfleet United s early FA Cup exit afforded them a spare Saturday. The Fleet s 3-0 defeat at lower-league Bromley last month means they won t return to competitive acti

LIAM Daish has welcomed the upcoming free weekend as a "blessing in disguise" after Ebbsfleet United's early FA Cup exit afforded them a spare Saturday.

The Fleet's 3-0 defeat at lower-league Bromley last month means they won't return to competitive action for another nine days, when they travel to York City in the Blue Square Premier (BSP).

A timely break after a dire beginning to the current campaign will allow the Stonebridge Road club some much-needed preparation in training and the opportunity to nurture some injured players back to full fitness.

"It may have been a blessing in disguise in that, I did not want to be not playing on a Saturday, especially on an FA Cup weekend," Daish told the Reporter. "That was not the plan, but we'll use it to our advantage, if we can. We're going to regroup this week and we'll do a lot of leg work.

"Our pre-season was a bit disjointed, with what had happened over the summer, and it was more a case of recruiting than anything else.

"This gives us a free weekend where, leading up to that, we'll be putting in some hard sessions and then building ourselves up for the following week."

Ebbsfleet succumbed to their 11th loss in 18 BSP outings last Saturday, with Lamine Sakho's 43rd-minute strike handing mid-table Wrexham the three points in Northfleet.

The hosts' cause was not helped by the second-half dismissals of defender Leon Crooks and on-loan forward Elliott Charles.

Daish was disappointed to lose an appeal against Crooks' sending-off, which he felt was "a bit harsh", although there appears little leeway for the foul that preceded Charles' early bath.

"I don't think he made much contact with the goalkeeper, but - looking at the video - he is not in control when going into the tackle," the Fleet boss explained.

"I know from the directives, and the players should too, that if you leave both feet off the ground these days - whether you're in contact or not - there's no grey area on that."

Charles' one-month spell has then been brought to a halt prematurely and Daish hopes to find another temporary replacement by next weekend. Jordan Collins (metatarsal), Clint Easton (hamstring), Peter Holmes (dead leg) and Ishmael Welsh (ankle) are all in the treatment room.

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