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Ebbsfleet United defender Luke O’Neill says players need to stick together during poor run of form in National League

Ebbsfleet Luke O’Neill has urged his team-mates to stick together as they look to end their poor run of form.

After a thumping 4-1 away win at Oldham, the Fleet took a backward step last Saturday after losing 2-0 at Kidderminster.

Ebbsfleet’s Luke O'Neill on the ball at Kidderminster last Saturday. Picture: Ed Miller/EUFC
Ebbsfleet’s Luke O'Neill on the ball at Kidderminster last Saturday. Picture: Ed Miller/EUFC

The visitors were fuming after a controversial second goal scored by Kidderminster but Ebbsfleet failed to get on the scoresheet themselves and remain in the National League relegation zone.

“We’re in a situation at the minute that we need to get ourselves out of but things are going against us like we saw for the second goal,” said O’Neill.

“We’ve got to change that and stay together as a team and keep fighting.

“If we go in at half-time 1-0 down, it’s a different game. We came out in the second half and were the better team, we had chances and it’s just not going for us at the minute.

“We need to keep working hard on the training pitch and keep believing.

“We played some good football still. They broke on the first goal and then there was the second but we were dominant, we had some good chances, and hit the post.

“But that’s what happens when you’re down there and it’s about how you get out of the situation as a team and a unit. We’ve just got to keep fighting.”

O’Neill has been the experienced figure in a much-changed Fleet defensive line-up in recent weeks, playing alongside Myles Kenlock and loan centre-half Mustapha Olagunju.

They’ve been desperate to keep a clean sheet.

“We’ve got a lot of good players in the team,” added O’Neill. “The most frustrating thing is we’re not picking up results.

“We want to keep clean sheets and against Oldham we should have had a clean sheet really but we conceded a penalty which I don’t think was a penalty.

“I just want to get as many wins as we can and see where that leaves us.”

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