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Fighting four survival - Coach Daish lauds team spirit after comeback

PUBLISHED: 14:42 27 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:25 23 August 2010

LIAM Daish praised his Ebbsfleet United battlers as they fought back from three, single-goal deficits to overcome fellow relegation candidates Forest Green Rovers at Stonebridge Road. The visitors look set to take the three points back to Gloucestershire

LIAM Daish praised his Ebbsfleet United battlers as they fought back from three, single-goal deficits to overcome fellow relegation candidates Forest Green Rovers at Stonebridge Road.

The visitors look set to take the three points back to Gloucestershire last Saturday as Isaiah Rankin and Danny Powell (2) continually gave David Hockaday's outfit the lead during an action-packed 90 minutes.

But, Magno Vieira (2) and Stefan Bailey kept the Fleet in contention going into the Blue Square Premier encounter's dying embers, when Leon Crooks headed home a dramatic, last-gasp winner - much to Daish's evident delight and relief.

"It's been a tough week, a tough game today and a tough way to win it," Daish explained.

"All credit to the players because to go behind three times, come back and then go on and win the game shows there is a bit of spirit there and a real willingness and desire to fight for the cause of staying in this league."

Daish feared a hotly-contested refereeing decision that saw Forest Green awarded a 19th-minute penalty for a foul on Rankin by Dean Pooley might have scuppered Ebbsfleet's early momentum.

However, with the hosts regularly probing their opposing rearguard, they eventually managed to minimise the impact of that incident and some dire defending thereafter too.

"We started off like we have done in our previous two games, especially the last one against Kettering, where we've done well," the 41-year-old manager said.

"We're then adjudged to have given away a penalty when it's clear that he (Pooley) has taken the ball.

"The linesman, who can see it, signals for a corner and you think: 'No, it's going to go against you again.'

"But, we controlled our own destiny in the game today in the way that we kept on asking the question; kept going forward and having a go and another go.

"We got another kick in the teeth by conceding another goal through a couple of lapses or bad decisions defensively.

"But, we kept picking ourselves up and - in the end - we deserved the three points. This will hopefully be a big shot in the arm confidence-wise."

The Fleet travel to play-off contenders Luton Town this Saturday.


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