Daish: I'm not vexed by Wrex
PUBLISHED: 17:08 04 February 2009 | UPDATED: 10:26 23 August 2010
LIAM Daish has vowed Ebbsfleet United have nothing to fear from a quarter-final tie at Wrexham as their FA Trophy defence sails ever closer to Wembley. The Fleet s reward for beating Swindon Supermarine last Saturday is among the most difficult they co
LIAM Daish has vowed Ebbsfleet United have nothing to fear from a quarter-final tie at Wrexham as their FA Trophy defence sails ever closer to Wembley.
The Fleet's 'reward' for beating Swindon Supermarine last Saturday is among the most difficult they could have received of the seven other teams left in the competition.
But, spurred on by fond memories of fruitful awaydays at Burton and Aldershot before that triumph over Torquay in May, Daish insists his side have as good a good chance as anybody else of claiming the silverware.
"We've got a tough draw at Wrexham - it's about as tough as you can get," the Ebbsfleet boss said. "But I'm looking forward to it and I'm sure the players will be feeling likewise.
"When you get to the last eight, wherever - and whoever - you play, it's always going to be tough. Everyone now has got real aspirations of getting to that final, so they are all tough.
"There might be a bit more expectation on Wrexham to beat us than vice versa, which just might work in our favour."
He added: "I hope that some of the players that experienced our Wembley win last year are letting the players that have not know just what a great day and experience it is; what a big chance it is to achieve on a big stage and, hopefully, that will rub off."
Their trip to the Racecourse Ground will not take place until Saturday, February 21 and, prior to that, Daish's main priority is improving the Fleet's league position, a lowly 16th, only five points above the Blue Square Premier relegation zone.
The manager had been trying to further boost his squad during last month's transfer window, but admitted his enquiries fell on unenthusiastic ears.
"There were some players that could have been options for us, but other clubs in the same position as us don't really want to let anyone go," he added.
"A loan window opens again in less than a week's time and, in the current climate, people will probably be more interested in taking loan players than permanent ones.
"We tried to get a couple of players in and their respective clubs would not let them go at that time. However, I'm not saying it is dead and buried because of the loan window, so there still could be some activity."
Darius Charles (ankle), Paul McCarthy (hip) and Danny Slatter (knee) are all doubtful for this Saturday's game against Northwich Victoria.