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Fleet near turnaround

PUBLISHED: 14:37 19 November 2009 | UPDATED: 11:14 23 August 2010

EBBSFLEET manager Liam Daish believes his charges have turned a corner with the dogged displays in their last two Blue Square Premier games and that a much-needed victory is just around the corner. The Stonebridge Road outfit are winless in 13 games,

EBBSFLEET manager Liam Daish believes his charges have turned a corner with the dogged displays in their last two Blue Square Premier games and that a much-needed victory "is just around the corner."

The Stonebridge Road outfit are winless in 13 games, but the performances on the pitch have seemingly improved.

On Saturday, they matched promotion-chasing York throughout and - after 90 minutes of football - the two sides were only separated by a first-half Michael Rankine strike.

The former Birmingham and Coventry City defender was particularly pleased with the fighting spirit his charges showed.

"We played well at the weekend and, overall, we have shown signs that we are up for the scrap in our last two outings," he said.

"This side is going to have a great go and, if we keep going at the level we have been playing at recently, that first win is going to come sooner rather than later.

"It was a battle on Saturday. We brought the game to York and that is a positive thing we will take into the next match. A win is just around the corner."

The Fleet have four games between Saturday, when they host Tamworth, and December 1.

Daish feels that the fixtures should be taken as they fall and refuses to set a specific points target over the next fortnight.

"It is always important to win football games," he conceded.

"But - if it doesn't happen - then you just have to look to the next one.

"It wouldn't be right to look beyond the Tamworth fixture because, to bring any positives into a game, you just have to focus on that solely.

"All we can do is take one game at a time, take on our recent performance levels and see what we can get."

Ebbsfleet announced last week that they have resigned former defender Ross Smith, who left the club for then League Two outfit Dagenham and Redbridge in 2007. Since then, the 29-year-old has recovered from a life-saving heart operation.

Smith featured for just over an hour on Saturday and Daish is delighted to have the robust defender back among his pack.

"He's a quality player, that is brilliant to work with, and having a guy with his work rate around will benefit us greatly," he added.

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