Brown: believe how good we can be

Manager Steve Brown finally got a return on the chances his side created as rampant Ebbsfleet equalled the club’s best league away day, a record set 12 years ago against Harrow Borough.

“We finally managed to turn possession and chances into goals,” Brown told BBC Radio Kent. “Weston-super-Mare only conceded five all season. To say 6-0 surprised us as well is an understatement. They are a decent side, they pass the ball well but I thought we showed fantastic discipline today, the work-rate and the shape were terrific.

“Weston-super-Mare probably created more chances than Sittingbourne or Folkestone or Boreham Wood put together but we’ve run out 6-0 winners because it’s goals that change games. We got our tactics spot on today. An early goal helps but we’ve got early goals in the past and have yielded the lead. Today we pushed on and got a second and a third. When you’re 3-0 up at half-time you know the opposition’s going to come and have a go. And they did to be fair; they had a couple of opportunities and it could have been 10-3!

“The penalty was the turning point. Preston Edwards made a very good save and then five minutes later we went up the other end and made it 2-0. From that point onwards, we looked really comfortable. You could just see a change, where the confidence came back, we took the bull by the horns.

“Ben May made a huge difference today because where we’ve been trying and toiling to create chances, we’ve had to play over the top and down the sides of teams. Ben gives you that option of playing up to him and it sticks. He’s a 6ft 4-inch real old-fashioned target man. He just causes chaos, he flicks balls on, he holds balls up. He didn’t score today but he created three goals.

“I’ve always said to keep faith in our strikers, they’ve been finding it difficult to put the ball in the back of the net. They should have had a lot more goals than they’ve had but it’s easy me saying it every week after we’ve drawn 1-1. I’m the manager, I have to make sure they know I believe in their ability. And they have got ability and will score goals.

“I’ve not been able to put a settled side out yet. I haven’t kept the same team twice. We’re a new side and I’m having to throw new teams out there every week because someone’s not performed or we’ve had to change because of an injury. The only thing that has really stayed the same is the back five and conceding goals hasn’t been a major issue, it hasn’t been the major factor. Some criticism came a little bit too early but that’s football. People tend to get on your back when things aren’t quite going so well.

“Given our last four results, we seem to get overlooked about how well we’re doing at the moment. Everyone of course looks at the draws and the league table and the 1-0 win but no-one gives us much credit. I hope this is the turn. It’s not easy to build confidence, but hard work gets you results like today. We believed in ourselves at the start [of the season] but a couple of results didn’t go our way after that. Now I hope this squad starts to believe how good it can be.”


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