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Ebbsfleet United boss Daryl McMahon on the 1-0 win at Margate

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Daryl McMahon is proud of his players whether they win the league or not.

Ebbsfleet are five points behind National South leaders Maidenhead with two games to play after both teams won again on Easter Monday.

McMahon's side edged Margate 1-0 at Hartsdown Park to keep themselves mathematically in the hunt for automatic promotion.

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Ebbsfleet United manager Daryl McMahon Picture: Andy Payton
Ebbsfleet United manager Daryl McMahon Picture: Andy Payton

McMahon said: "Whatever happens, I’m proud of what the players have done.

"You look at Boxing Day and whatever we were behind, 14 points, and to come back to what we’ve done in this run, 15 wins and three draws, it’s an incredible run.

"We’ve scored lots of goals, kept lots of clean sheets, played some good stuff and we look forward to the run-in now, the last two games.

"We still can (win the title) mathematically. We have to go to Maidenhead and win. They’re overwhelming favourites - I think they’d fancy themselves coming here (Margate on the last day of the season) to win regardless of what happens in our game.

"We have to go there and make sure we put some pressure on that last game of the season."

Monday's game, which was settled by a second-minute Bradley Bubb strike, produced few clear-cut chances with Margate already relegated and Fleet not at their best.

"It was always going to be tough," McMahon said. "They’ve got a lot of ex-members of our playing squad and staff in their group and they’re already relegated so they have nothing to lose, which I think was evident in the way they played.

"But I fancied us to start quick. It was good play to get it wide quickly, we isolated Ngamvoulou two-v-one wide with Shieldsy and Connors and it was a great finish from Bubby."

That goal was Bubb's 16th of the season but he came off injured early in the second half.

"It was precautionary," McMahon said. "He took a kick but he’s OK.

"We can’t risk him at the minute. He’s getting goals for us and we need him fit."

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