U losers’ - Daish slams seven after Cambridge loss

PUBLISHED: 09:52 04 December 2008 | UPDATED: 10:18 23 August 2010

LIAM Daish accused some his players of being passengers as Scott Rendell scored for Cambridge United to end Ebbsfleet United s three-match unbeaten run in the Blue Square Premier. A lot of players switched off, said Daish afterwards. To get a result

LIAM Daish accused some his players of being "passengers" as Scott Rendell scored for Cambridge United to end Ebbsfleet United's three-match unbeaten run in the Blue Square Premier.

"A lot of players switched off," said Daish afterwards. "To get a result, I needed 16 players all pulling the same way with no passengers. I had about seven."

"I want players to be brave and prepared to make mistakes in the final third. We were too static and didn't have enough imagination. There were too many individuals playing in their own little world, waiting for someone else to make the breakthrough."

Daish had kept faith with the same starting XI that had earned a point from the previous outing against Kettering, but the fight shown against the Poppies was missing as the Fleet fumbled to discover the form that had earned them recent victories over Barrow and Crawley.

Darius Charles was uncharacteristically ponderous in a first half in which he was caught in possession more than once, and the usually sure-footed defender seemed oddly out of sorts up until the interval.

With Lee McEvilly shipped out to Rochdale on loan and Mark Beesley benched, it was left to Rendell to partner Danny Crow up front for the Us, and the talismanic frontman needed only nine minutes to test Lance Cronin with a well-directed header.

A slip by Charles then enabled Felino Jardim to square into the six-yard box after a quarter of an hour, but the defender's blushes were spared as Crow's shot was scrambled away.

The Fleet were able to offer some resistance through a Michael Gash deflected shot and a Stacy Long drive, both of which were dealt with comfortably by goalkeeper Danny Potter.

Cambridge's pressure increasingly began to tell and, as Fleet back-tracked, James Smith was booked on 40 minutes for a foul on Danny Gleeson.

Just when it looked as though the Fleet had got away with a mediocre first-half performance, Cambridge struck the decisive blow. Two minutes into stoppage time, a Mark Convery corner had Fleet's defence hypnotised and Wayne Hatswell smashed the ball through the white-shirted statues to an unmarked Rendell, who pounced with relish at the far post to slam the ball into the net.

Gleeson saw his effort hit a post early in the second half for the hosts and, though Mark Ricketts forced Potter to tip his cross onto the crossbar, it was a rare attack from Daish's side.

Cambridge had one final opportunity to wrap up the points with seconds remaining but, after Courtney Pitt brought the ball down brilliantly from a Hatswell lump forward, he fired into the stand with the goal at his mercy.

Ponderous at the back and limp up front, there was not much value on show for the 149 travelling Fleet fans' £14-a-head investment on a bitterly disappointing - and equally cold - afternoon.

Ebbsfleet United: Cronin 6, Ricketts 7, Smith 6, Charles 6, Opinel 6, Moore 6, Stone 6 (Murray 67, 7), Barrett 6, Long 6 (Shakes 81, 5), Delicate 6 (Purcell, 58, 5), Gash 6. Subs not used: Pooley, French. Att: 2,807.

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