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Ebbsfleet United boss Daryl McMahon on the 4-2 defeat at Bromley

By Steve Tervet

Ebbsfleet's players will have to sit through a replay of their defeat to Bromley when they turn up for training on Tuesday morning.

Manager Daryl McMahon was furious with Fleet's first-half showing at Hayes Lane on New Year's Day, where they conceded three goals in 19 minutes on their way to a 4-2 defeat.

Bromley were able to attack at will during that period and McMahon says his players need to learn from their mistakes.

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

He said: "We lost the game in the first half. The game was over at half-time.

"We started all right, moved the ball really well and then it went to pot. We conceded three really poor goals, second half could have got back into it but conceded another unbelievably soft goal. If you defend like that you don’t deserve to win any games of football.

"We didn’t defend and that’s not something you can throw against us very often. We’re normally very good there but you can’t dress it up. It was a poor performance.

"We’ll be in tomorrow and we’ll watch the game again. I think the players need to watch the game again. I think that’s important, that they can watch themselves and see what everyone else has seen.

"Sometimes when you play you don’t quite see it as everyone else does and it’s important we see it - not as a punishment but to eradicate errors. I’m always one for that so we’ll watch it back and learn from it."

Fleet missed two good early chances before Jack Holland's 17th-minute strike set Bromley on their way.

Asked what went wrong for his side after that, McMahon replied: "Everything. They were brighter than us, sharper than us, particularly Wanadio and Dennis. Porter was decent, running down the side of us and we didn’t deal with him.

"We didn’t anticipate things well, didn’t react to things well. They were just brighter than us. As soon as they got the first goal, it galvanised them and, for whatever reason, we went the other way.

"Goals change games but you can’t melt when you concede one goal and we did today.

"I felt we were the better team in the second half but it’s a soft goal again. Louis Dennis can’t (be allowed to) bring the ball down on his chest on the penalty spot late in the game.

"We said at half-time we could have no errors in the second half, defensively, none, and we’re going to go for it, which we did. We had some good opportunities and got into some good positions.

"But it was a bad day for us and it won’t happen again."

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