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Ebbsfleet United defender Kenny Clark on the 0-0 draw at Sutton United

By Steve Tervet

Kenny Clark hailed Ebbsfleet's defensive effort after they kept a clean sheet at Sutton on Saturday.

Clark was a rock at centre-half, making several crucial blocks in the second half as the Fleet came under heavy pressure.

The visitors came with a plan and executed it well to leave with a well-earned point.

Kenny Clark in action against Barrow Picture Andy Payton

Kenny Clark in action against Barrow Picture: Andy Payton

"We worked on it all week and spoke about it," Clark said. "Coming to Sutton, competing with them the year before last for the title, we know what they’re about.

"You’re going to come here, away from home, they’re going to be big, physical, stick it in behind you and you’ve got to stand up and fight against it. I think every one of us did.

"As a centre-half, they are the games you love. The whole back four, especially Yads (Yado Mambo) coming in who hasn’t played for a few weeks, I thought he was outstanding and with Ashmore behind us, a couple of great saves, it was a really good performance.

"Bushy (Chris Bush) has played left-back before. I’ve enjoyed having him to the right of me and now I’ve got him to the left of me.

"Magri came in, Bushy’s come in, Yads and it was a real good performance from the back four - but in front of us as well. You defend as a team, two banks of four and even Keds (Danny Kedwell) up top was incredible today."

Jack Powell and Kenny Clark Picture Andy Payton

Jack Powell and Kenny Clark Picture: Andy Payton

Ebbsfleet responded well to some home truths from manager Daryl McMahon after last Tuesday's 1-0 defeat at home to Torquay.

McMahon kept his players in the changing-room for half an hour that night and Clark admitted what they produced against the National League's second-worst travellers wasn't good enough.

He said: "We had a meeting after the game and we knew that wasn’t up to our standards and that’s not what we’re about.

"We all knew it was below par, especially with where we want to go and our ambition as a team. We can’t play like that if we want to be successful - that’s not what we’re about.

"We went back to the drawing board this week, worked hard, as we do every week, and it was back to us on Saturday. Now we’ve got to maintain that and hopefully kick on." 

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