Daish’s TV nightmare - Fleet concern over two games in just 51 hours
PUBLISHED: 16:00 02 October 2008 | UPDATED: 10:09 23 August 2010
LIAM Daish fears Ebbsfleet United s run of two Blue Square Premier fixtures in three days could leave him with little option than to change his starting XI, writes Alex Leach. The Fleet travel north to Altrincham this weekend before hosting Histon – a ma
LIAM Daish fears Ebbsfleet United's run of two Blue Square Premier fixtures in three days could leave him with little option than to change his starting XI, writes Alex Leach.
The Fleet travel north to Altrincham this weekend before hosting Histon - a match selected for live Setanta Sports coverage - at Stonebridge Road a mere 51 hours later with 500 miles on the clock.
Such hectic preparations are bound to take their toll on Daish's players and, with their physical exertions on the pitch coinciding with a draining voyage to Cheshire, he just might need to freshen up his personnel.
"That could be the case," the 40-year-old boss admitted when asked whether squad rotation would be a necessity in such squashed circumstances.
"We've got Altrincham away on Saturday and we're going to have a long trip back. The lads will probably have to come in again on Sunday to assess what's happening and then obviously have a live game again on Monday. It's not ideal."
Ebbsfleet will, at least, head into their daunting double header on the back of a rousing result on the road after goals from in-form strike duo Michael Gash (2) and Luke Moore earned a comprehensive 3-0 victory at Barrow last Saturday.
"It's a long journey and it's an even longer one back if you come away with a poor performance or a bad result," Daish explained. "But we worked hard, stood up to the challenge and - even though it all got a bit 'committed' at the end - still came away with three goals, a clean sheet and three points away from home. You cannot really ask a lot more than that."
This one-sided success has also seen the Northfleet-based club's goal difference surge up to an impressive +11 - a feat currently only equalled by league leaders Crawley Town in the top flight of non-league football.
However, Daish is only too well aware these statistics may fluctuate rapidly throughout the course of any campaign and wants his squad to solely focus on getting better.
""It can change very quickly, but it looks good at this moment in time," he added. "We've just got to keep trying to pick up points away from home and maybe improve a little bit at home as we've drawn too many. We've just got to keep trying to improve upon what we're doing."
Captain Paul McCarthy is suspended for Saturday's showdown after picking up five bookings, while Sacha Opinel (knee) is a doubt.
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