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Trophy defence is not priority - Daish: League matters more

PUBLISHED: 11:24 15 January 2009 | UPDATED: 10:23 23 August 2010

LIAM Daish insisted that league success remains the priority after Ebbsfleet continued their progress in the FA Trophy on Tuesday night, writes Fintan Quinn. The Fleet set up a third-round tie against Swindon Supermarine on January 31 with a 2-1 victory

LIAM Daish insisted that league success remains the priority after Ebbsfleet continued their progress in the FA Trophy on Tuesday night, writes Fintan Quinn.

The Fleet set up a third-round tie against Swindon Supermarine on January 31 with a 2-1 victory over Stalybridge Celtic courtesy of two second-half goals.

But Daish maintained that a return to form in the Blue Square Premier - where they have not won in four successive matches - is more important than defending the Trophy they won last May.

"We have to take confidence and it does give us a base to build on," he said. "It would have been easy to feel sorry for ourselves, but we gave it a go and now have another home tie, but the focus is concentrating on the league.

"I would like to think it would lift the levels of confidence and hopefully there will be a bit of a buzz about training now.

"Everyone is in it together and they all have to play their part. We are still fighting for the same cause."

Fleet looked as though they would struggle against the Blue Square North visitors throughout the first half at Stonebridge Road, but emerged from the dressing room rejuvenated and completed their task with some style in the second.

An inspired double substitution at half-time brought Ricky Shakes and Luke Moore into the action, and Daish was quick to heap praise on the duo following a calm word in the dressing room.

"It was not really a case of ranting and raving at half-time, but looking each other in the eye and then going out and stepping up to it," he added. "When we were in there, you could tell - they wanted the result and they were determined to put things right.

"Sometimes substitutions work and sometimes they don't. It does happen that when you bring on players people think, 'What is he doing?' But, when you make changes, you pinpoint what you need to improve and it came off, so I'm pleased about that.

"Luke Moore gave us a more of a buzz and Ricky Shakes was strong in his running and caused them problems."

Ebbsfleet return to Blue Square Premier matters this Saturday when they host Rushden & Diamonds.

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