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Ebbsfleet United 2 Wrexham 1 Reaction from Ebbsfleet assistant manager Tristan Lewis

Ebbsfleet assistant manager Tristan Lewis didn’t care that their vital win over Wrexham on Saturday wasn’t the prettiest of displays.

The Fleet had to dig deep in a game of few clear-cut chances as the three points lifted them off bottom spot at the expense of their Welsh opponents.

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Ebbsfleet's Gozie Ugwu on the ball against Wrexham. Picture: Sean Aidan FM22984264
Ebbsfleet's Gozie Ugwu on the ball against Wrexham. Picture: Sean Aidan FM22984264

It was the perfect response to the Fleet’s 5-2 defeat at Barnet in midweek.

Lewis said: “It was all about the response. Some strong words were said on Tuesday night and the reaction was all that was asked for.

“It wasn’t pretty, let’s be honest, anyone who was here (saw) it was a bit of a war of attrition at times because everyone knew how important the game was. But ultimately it was a massive three points.

“We spoke a lot this week about what we do off the ball, we know we score goals but we have to make the same level of intensity and desire because we don’t want to get relegated.

“You try to avoid speaking about the word but we had the truth on Tuesday night.

“All we can do is focus on ourselves, we can’t wait for anyone else. We’ve got to get ourselves out of this mess.”

Lewis was delighted for the Ebbsfleet fans who saw their side win at home for only the second time this season. The first came against Barnet in September.

“We’ve had tight, difficult games, good and indifferent performances but a win is a win,” he added.

“When it’s at home, it gives everybody that little bit of hope. I think it is important people don’t see it as a soft touch here. The lads have got to thrive in this environment as well.

“It wasn’t pretty at times but we would have taken any form of three points.

“The boys deserve it but so did everyone else. It’s difficult when you don’t win at home. Everyone pays their money, it’s freezing cold, so I’m delighted for the supporters and the backroom people because sometimes you just need that leg up at home.”

Ebbsfleet's Andre Blackman keeps Wrexham at bay on Saturday. Picture: Sean Aidan FM22984285
Ebbsfleet's Andre Blackman keeps Wrexham at bay on Saturday. Picture: Sean Aidan FM22984285

Lewis again paid tribute to match-winner Myles Weston, who produced a stunning second-half strike to ensure Ebbsfleet are looking upwards again.

“You need a talisman,” said Lewis. “Manager Kevin (Watson) has said before about the way he trains.

“He is a great leader and the supporters don’t see what he does off the pitch, his levels of professionalism are outstanding and ultimately in big moments you need big players and Westy is certainly that, a big player for this club.”

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