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Ebbsfleet United manager Dennis Kutrieb on his side's FA Cup victory over Hampton & Richmond


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Dennis Kutrieb says he can see the bond between fans and players after Ebbsfleet reached the FA Cup first round.

Fleet beat Hampton 2-0 at Stonebridge Road to take their place in Sunday afternoon’s draw.

Ebbsfleet United manager Dennis Kutrieb Picture: Keith Gillard
Ebbsfleet United manager Dennis Kutrieb Picture: Keith Gillard

Boss Kutrieb described the performance at outstanding and was equally impressed with the backing his side received.

A crowd of 1,281 liked what they saw as Rakish Bingham and Chris Solly sent Fleet through to the main draw for the fourth time in five seasons.

Kutrieb said: “I love to be here, it’s such a nice stadium with our fans, and the atmosphere is really outstanding.

“What they need is exactly what they get from the fans, that they clap, that they motivate them, that they push them.

“My feeling at the moment is there’s a good bond between the fans and the players.

“But I don’t take it for granted because there’s so many clubs which I’ve seen during my 12 months here where the fans are a little bit different, they’re always unhappy, but I can’t see it with our fans.”

Kutrieb added: “It’s not about me at all, this game is about the fans and the players and the bond they have.

“I really appreciate every single fan, and I love that they are here, but it’s about the players and that’s how I see it.

“The players deliver on the pitch and they need the applause and the credit and the push from the fans.

“On the sidelines I need to manage the players and nothing else. I really love that the fans are there but they’re not there for me, they are there for the club and for the players.”

Ebbsfleet lost 3-0 to Hampton in National South last month but turned the tables in the FA Cup.

Both goals came in a dominant first half, Jack Paxman’s brilliant chip setting up Bingham, followed by a rare set-piece goal as Solly headed home Greg Cundle’s corner in injury time.

“I’m really pleased with the boys because the performance was outstanding, especially first half,” said Kutrieb.

“I don’t know, we could have scored three, four, five more goals.

“The second one was a really crucial goal, that we can go into half-time with a 2-0 lead.

“That was very important for us and second half I’m pleased to see we are able to defend as a team.”

On Paxman’s assist, the manager said: “Paxman is an outstanding player and an outstanding human-being, such a lovely character and he works so hard for the team.

“Sometimes players only play the one pass or score the one goal and then you don’t see them any more but his work rate is outstanding.

“I was really happy for him because he was out for a few weeks and now he was back on the pitch and had a fantastic assist.”

Kutrieb was also delighted to see his side make a set-piece count for their second goal.

“That is one of the things where we try to get better and try to improve, because I’m not happy, but you can’t work on everything at the same time,” he said.

“You need to work on different things and a little bit more important things and then you can start with the detailed work.

“We do the detailed work now because you see us one year ago and you see us now, that’s a big difference and that’s a process and a progress as well.

“I never like to see my team on the same level, I always want to see that they improve and they get better, and set-pieces is one thing where we can get better.”

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