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Ebbsfleet United manager Dennis Kutrieb impressed by team spirit at Oldham after side claim first win in nine National League games

Dennis Kutrieb praised the togetherness of his Ebbsfleet side after their National League win at Oldham last Saturday.

Three goals in the last 10 minutes helped the Fleet to a much-needed 4-1 success, their first in nine league games.

Dennis Kutrieb’s side ended their long wait for three points in style at Oldham. Picture: Chris Davey
Dennis Kutrieb’s side ended their long wait for three points in style at Oldham. Picture: Chris Davey

“The togetherness of the team was really good,” stated Fleet boss Kutrieb. “We worked hard, delivered the basics the right way and took our chances better than in previous weeks, but still could have scored three or four more.

“If we had gone in 3-1 at half-time it would have been a fair reflection. There were many positives and, as always, things we want to work on but I’m delighted for the boys that they could prove they are able to deliver in the right way.

“I’m delighted for everyone at the club, obviously the players because they do the work on the board, but I’m delighted for myself and everyone who is with us, for the fans as well. There were a hundred there but they were louder than the 6,500 Oldham fans. It was a deserved win for everyone.”

While the mood around Stonebridge Road darkened after the 4-0 home loss to Oxford City, Kutrieb has always maintained a positive outlook.

He’s reshaped his squad in recent weeks and could see that a result was just around the corner.

“It’s obviously later than I thought as we showed this quality against Hartlepool and didn’t get the win,” said Kutrieb.

“Then obviously we had two bad results in my opinion against Oxford and Maidenhead. We could have easily had seven points more than we have had (in the last four games) as I think we deserved to win against Hartlepool and Maidenhead.

“If we were here with seven points more, I would be very happy. That’s what I’ve seen coming for a couple of weeks, it was falling into place.

“So far we haven’t let ourselves down in big occasions, like Chesterfield at home or going to Rochdale on the first day of the season. At Southend I thought we had a good game in parts and were a bit unlucky with the result. From that point of view, I was sure the boys would be ready for it.”

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