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Ebbsfleet on course for FA Cup victory against Havant & Waterlooville before red card for defender Lee Molyneaux

By Matthew Panting

Ebbsfleet boss Daryl McMahon felt his team were always in control against Havant – before the hosts were reduced to 10 men on Saturday.

The Fleet led 2-0 when Havant’s Lee Molyneaux was sent-off. Fleet went on to record a thumping 7-0 success. 

Havant supporters were left fuming at referee Ian Rathbone but the tie was almost beyond Lee Bradbury’s Havant team by the time they had a man dismissed three minutes before half-time.

Darren McQueen celebrates after scoring the fifth goal against Havant. Picture Andy Payton

Darren McQueen celebrates after scoring the fifth goal against Havant. Picture: Andy Payton

“I think we were in control,” said McMahon. “You’re going to be disappointed to have a man sent-off. It’s difficult for me so you have to back the referee to make the right decision.

“We fully capitalised on that and that was very pleasing. I thought we were very good and took our goals really well.

“In the second half we were terrific and professional, we didn’t disrespect Havant in terms of trying to be flash. We kept the ball moving and scored the goals.

 “That’s what pleased me the most as we showed a maturity that we probably didn’t have last year.

“There was an energy the pitch was slick and there was a feeling in the changing room and in the warm-up before the game that the lads were really up for it.”

Darren McQueen took his tally to seven goals for the season with his second double in as many FA Cup games. He now has five goals in his last three starts.

“He is a very good player,” said McMahon. “He has loads to improve on still. He has come in and got goals and I am sure he’ll get more goals.”

As for Monday’s draw, the Fleet boss is not worried who they will get in the final qualifying round.

“I don’t care who we get,” added McMahon. “It would be nice to be at home again but we’ll deal with it on Monday.”

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