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Ebbsfleet United boss Garry Hill on the 2-0 win at Aldershot Town

Garry Hill hailed Ebbsfleet's win at Aldershot as their best performance under his management.

Michael Cheek and Danny Kedwell scored as Fleet extended their unbeaten run in the National League to seven matches.

At the other end Hill's side kept their fourth clean sheet in five matches on a day when they could and should have won by more.

Ebbsfleet manager Garry Hill Picture: Andy Jones
Ebbsfleet manager Garry Hill Picture: Andy Jones

Hill said: "Over the 90 minutes it was tops.

"It was a superb performance throughout, a game we totally dominated, very professional, we looked very strong and created chances.

"Whoever you beat in this league, away from home it’s always a good win and Aldershot’s home form this season has been very strong so it was going to be a good test for us.

"We had enough possession in the first half but we didn’t work the goalkeeper as much as I would have liked.

"We got the break early in the second half from the throw-in, flick on and Michael Cheek’s got behind them and put it away. It gives you a cushion and asks other teams to come out a little bit more.

"Corey Whitely got brought down and Danny Kedwell put that (penalty) away.

"It’s a good three points and also we’ve kept a clean sheet.

"We had one or two injuries and changed things around a little bit in respect of shape.

"But whatever way we go to work, I’ve told the players there’s a lot of quality players in this changing-room who have basically underachieved but you want to start believing in what a good set of players there are in this changing-room, collectively as a group, and you are capable of putting a run together which can surprise a lot of people above us."

It was goalless at half-time despite Fleet dominating possession and territory.

Hill said: I didn’t think we worked the goalkeeper enough. The Jack Payne shot which hit the bar was a great effort but apart from that, for all the possession we had, in the final third (we didn't do enough).

"People might think I’m being hard but this is an unforgiving, punishing league and when you’re on top of teams you have to give yourself an advantage.

"Everyone knows things change at football clubs and I’ve just told the players in there we don’t need a big squad at this football club.

"The squad’s been too big, the boss wants a structure change and I respect that totally. That’s been changed in respect of certain personnel moving on, certain players moving on, that’s football.

"You are seeing that, on a consistent basis, the performances going with the results have been very encouraging."

The win moved Ebbsfleet to within five points of the play-offs.

Hill said: "They’re all good players but it’s getting the balance, the way we want to go forward in respect of the playing squad, the formations and different games, whoever we play against. It’s everyone working together.

"We had great support here again today. I keep mentioning these supporters and they must be respected in a big way by the playing squad and the staff at Ebbsfleet, the reason being they go to work Monday to Friday, do overtime and they pay to go here and there.

"They play a big part. They’re a big part of my squad, a massive part of my playing squad."

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