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Ebbsfleet United manager Dennis Kutrieb wants his team to focus on taking their chances

Ebbsfleet manager Dennis Kutrieb says his team will need to create more chances if they continue to lack a cutting edge.

The Fleet boss was unhappy with his team’s conversion rate after they were knocked out of the FA Cup on penalties by Chippenham following a 1-1 draw on Tuesday night.

Ebbsfleet boss Dennis Kutrieb. Picture: Keith Gillard (42703899)
Ebbsfleet boss Dennis Kutrieb. Picture: Keith Gillard (42703899)

Fleet were largely restricted to long-range shots and didn’t find an equaliser until the final minute at Stonebridge Road.

But Kutrieb felt his team had 10 good chances to score before they finally found a way through.

“I don’t know how many shots we had, especially in the second half,” said Kutrieb.

“I don’t want to say we didn’t create enough but when you only score one goal then we have to create more.

“If 10 is not enough for one goal, then we need to create 20 chances, until we get it better and score more goals per chances. We have to work on scoring those chances.

“I think we’re only missing putting the ball in the back of the net.

“Perhaps it is a little bit of determination, perhaps it is ‘I’m not 100 per cent sure that I’m going to score’. You have to get a feeling when you’re going to score.

“It’s not that ‘I try to score’ for a striker, he has to be focused on ‘I want to score this goal’. Some of our boys didn’t get so many chances in the past so they have to learn to be in the right moment and focus on the situation to score.”

Kutrieb also said that he didn’t need to talk to devastated Fleet keeper Jordan Holmes after the shoot-out defeat.

Holmes was consoled by his team-mates after Chippenham went through 9-8 on spot-kicks but the manager didn’t make a fuss over him in their post-match huddle.

“We don’t have to talk at the moment,” he stated. “Everyone knows how he feels so we don’t have to talk to him at the


“He needs his time, he knows what’s happened. We have to prepare for the next league game.

“It’s embarrassing (for the shoot-out to go on that long). I didn’t have a good gut feeling because when you don’t score until the 90th minute it’s not often that you (get the luck).

“(The game) was unlucky for us. Normally when it’s unlucky, it doesn’t stop at the shoot-out but that’s football.”

Fleet travel to St Albans in National League South this weekend.

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