Published: 05:00, 08 May 2022
Ebbsfleet boss Dennis Kutrieb warned his players they’ve achieved nothing so far after landing a top-three finish on Saturday.
The Fleet remained over rivals Dartford after two second-half goals secured a 2-1 home win over Chelmsford in National League South.
It means Ebbsfleet will now host the winners of Dartford v Chippenham – who meet on Thursday at Princes Park – in next Sunday’s play-off semi-final.
But Kutrieb warned: “We have achieved nothing so far. We’re in the semi-final of the play-offs, congratulations to the team and us as a club but we need to go forward and make sure we get the right result next Sunday.
“We will see what they do on Thursday and whoever it will be we are ready for it. Obviously, Dartford would be a great game for the fans as it is a big rivalry.
“It’s not a day for me to guess and talk about who we would want to play. I’m just happy we don’t have to play on Thursday and we can use the eight days to get ready for the semi-final.”
Quickfire goals from Sido Jombati and Rakish Bingham saw the Fleet see off Chelmsford after a drab first half of few chances ended goalless on Saturday.
Kutrieb kept his cool at the break – despite knowing Dartford were winning at Eastbourne – and his team stepped up a gear on the pitch.
“We could see the opponents were up for it and Chelmsford tried to press us high,” said the Fleet boss.
“We found at the end of the first half more and more gaps, we tried to find our pictures more and that made me more positive than negative at half-time as I could see it was already getting better.
“I was pretty confident and just tried to push the boys and make them aware of the gaps and where we could press a bit better to win the ball.
“Straight away after half-time we had an outstanding chance for Craig Tanner that normally he would score nine times out of 10, that would have been a great start – but it did give us a lot of confidence.
“We can’t concede such a stupid goal like we did because it brought them back to life and it was so unnecessary. The game was gone and we were feeling we could score a third goal, and suddenly it was 2-1. We need to be better.
“At this stage of the season there was pressure on us because Dartford were winning so we needed to make sure we got our win and that’s what the boys did. I’m really proud of them.
“It was better than other first half performances lately, we didn’t concede and we got in at 0-0. We knew it was going to be a tight game, they had the freedom to play. They went for it and tried to get something out of the game.”