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Daish flexes his muscles - Manager insists meek will inherit nothing at Fleet

PUBLISHED: 18:11 16 October 2008 | UPDATED: 10:11 23 August 2010

LIAM Daish has demanded his Ebbsfleet United players either pick up their performance levels or pack their bags in the aftermath of last Saturday s Harriers horror show. The Fleet meekly surrendered an interval advantage provided by Ricky Shakes 15th-mi

LIAM Daish has demanded his Ebbsfleet United players either pick up their performance levels or pack their bags in the aftermath of last Saturday's Harriers horror show.

The Fleet meekly surrendered an interval advantage provided by Ricky Shakes' 15th-minute opener to succumb to three second-half Kidderminster goals after the restart.

A blatant lack of physical tenacity left boss Daish - a battling centre-back in his playing heyday - with plenty of "food for thought" and he has issued an abundantly clear ultimatum to his crest-fallen charges.

"The club's expectations levels are getting bigger and better every year and that obviously means the players have got to do likewise and go with it," the 40-year-old manager said. "If they don't, there is a problem to be solved.

"On Saturday, we did not lose out to Kidderminster's great football. We were muscled out a little bit too easily on things and - watching the DVD back - they closed us down and were physical with us, got tackles in and did not allow us to settle. But, we can also do that to them.

"I spoke to the players immediately after the match and again on Monday and they know exactly what I'm feeling and what I'm expecting."

He continued: "When I first came to this club, there was a sort of feeling that we had to beat the sides around us and, if we could get anything out of games against the 'so-called' bigger teams, it was a bonus.

"But, now, people are going to the trouble to see us win - on the road and at home - and that's something we've got to deal with."

Daish and his assistant, Alan Kimble, have since been on numerous scouting missions yet, whereas before their watching brief was simply to monitor some eye-catching performances, they're now looking for "certain individuals to strengthen specific areas."

Any deals for contracted players though must wait until January's transfer window and Daish will have to make do with the current crop for this Saturday's home encounter with Torquay United.

"We've got to put in more of a display that we're used to and get back to what we're about," he added.

Sacha Opinel (knee) is increasingly nearing a first-team return, while Darius Charles is available again following his suspension.

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