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Strike rate a real pain in the net - Daish bemoans Fleet goal drought

PUBLISHED: 17:32 09 September 2009 | UPDATED: 11:04 23 August 2010

LIAM Daish has called upon his Ebbsfleet United players to have more courage in their convictions after firing blanks in two successive Blue Square Premier (BSP) games. The Fleet failed to find the net in last Saturday s 2-0 defeat to league leaders Oxfo

LIAM Daish has called upon his Ebbsfleet United players to have more courage in their convictions after firing blanks in two successive Blue Square Premier (BSP) games.

The Fleet failed to find the net in last Saturday's 2-0 defeat to league leaders Oxford and, three days later, could not hit the target again in a goalless stalemate with Rushden and Diamonds. Such wayward finishing has contributed to the Stonebridge Road club being unable to score in five of their nine BSP outings and they have only registered twice in a single league outing so far.

Those shot-shy statistics have left Ebbsfleet with the second-worst goalscoring record in the division and Daish is demanding a greater assuredness and belief at the business end of the field.

"We addressed it on Monday and said it's about making the right decisions in the final third and taking responsibility all around the pitch when we've got good possession," the Ebbsfleet boss told the Reporter.

"We just need to take more responsibility going forward. We're getting into decent areas, although it then fizzles out.

"We're in games, but we've got to be more of a threat going forward - be brighter and more inventive.

"The players - all over the park - need to understand that, if they are in those dangers areas, then they are there for a reason - either to create and give us a bit of quality or be on the end of something, hit targets and make the opposing goalkeepers work.

"We've got to take the shackles off and go and get at teams a bit more."

Daish will have been more encouraged with their midweek display against the Diamonds, where his men carved out more clear-cut opportunities.

That much-needed strike though proved elusive on the night, which remains a nagging concern ahead of this Saturday's trip to fellow strugglers Forest Green Rovers.

"It's a fixture that will be earmarked as one we can go and win if we do things right," Daish added.

"But, Forest Green Rovers is a difficult place to go and they were heavily beaten on Saturday (a 7-0 defeat at Cambridge United), so they'll want to make amends for that.

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