Fleet defender Chris Bush has seen just two goals get through his side’s back line in the past seven games and, despite another clean sheet last night, he said it was a game when concentration mattered.
“They’re the evenings you’ve got to be most careful of,” Bush told BBC Radio Kent’s Charles Webster. “Especially when we’re dominating possession, spending a lot of time in their half. Me and Clarkey, we had to switch on, we had to make sure we knew what was around us because we didn’t want to be vulnerable to the counter-attack. So we did our job at the back and give the licence to the players to know that me and him are shutting up shop at the back, they can go and be capable of what they do.”
Bush felt his teammates ironed out the issues of Saturday’s performance on the training ground on Monday and went into the replay hungry to give the fans a lift. “We went into the game on Saturday knowing what we had to do but we didn’t take care of business then,” he said. “We’ve come in yesterday, worked hard on the training pitch. Come in today and we’ve shown our quality, a lot of which we should have shown on Saturday. The fans behind us, credit to them as well, they came out in numbers on a cold Tuesday night but managed to show support.
“We knew what they were capable of, we knew they were going to try and throw the kitchen sink at us. It was just about weathering the storm, being patient and making sure our dictator players – Jukes, Powelly, Rancey in the middle of the park – got hold of the ball and created chances. Fortunately enough we had a few and three went in.”
Bush was unfortunate not to score when he raced from his own box alongside Luke Coulson on the counterattack late in the game but was stopped from converting by a defender on the line.
“I’ve been due to get a goal,” said Bush. “But again it’s all about making sure you make the right passes and making sure we do the right thing so hopefully if one falls to me nicely this year, I’ll be able to put it away. But until then clean sheets are what matters.”