Fleet are learning and evolving, says manager

Having come so close to three points in numerous matches, Fleet boss Daryl McMahon said he was pleased his side seem to be learning from their mistakes.

“Tranmere for me was the first building block put in,” he told BBC Radio Kent’s Charles Webster. “I thought we totally and utterly dominated that match last week without probably getting the goal we deserved and today we came to a tough place to come and defended ever so well. We managed to get that goal and Darren obviously hit the post as well. That’s two clean sheets in a row against Tranmere and Boreham Wood, two decent sides established at this level and that’s what we’re looking to do as well, be competitive and making sure we’re getting points.

“It’s about learning as well. You go to Eastleigh at home, our game management wasn’t right, Chester away. For me we gifted them goals in those games so that wasn’t quite right. Today was right, we slowed it down, nicked a few free kicks, put in the areas you put it in to kill the game and showed a bit more nous.”

McMahon’s half-time substitutions were the pivot on which the game turned, with Danny Kedwell striking home the decisive penalty and the Fleet manager thought the changes gave his side a little more zip.

“We’ve got good players in the squad,” he said. “Keds, Deano and Daz all came on and had a real impact on the game which I expect them to. I’ve said it before, we have got really good spirit. The lads work ever so hard, they came on and gave a good performance.

“We probably had a little bit more energy, the ball moved a little bit faster. I thought Keds held it up well. To be fair to Millsy in the first half, he didn’t get any good balls in to get hold of but I thought the ball went into Keds and it stuck to him. Rance did what Rance does, gives you that bit of bite in there and he had a good impact on the team as well. Coming to a place like Boreham Wood, it’s a tough place to come. They’ve beaten Orient here, they’ve beaten Aldershot here. I thought we defended unbelievably and I have to mention Kenny Clark today who was absolutely outstanding.”

Having won the penalty that ultimately gave Fleet the points, as well as hit the post, Darren McQueen also proved to be a handful in the half-hour he was on the pitch and his manager is pleased with the young striker’s development. “Darren’s got to develop a little bit, maybe play into different positions as well just to try and free him up a little bit, which we’re working on with him,” McMahon said. “It won’t happen overnight. But he definitely came on and had an impact in the hole and then wide. Jack Powell’s winning headers now or trying to, which is something that’s not his game naturally. They’re young players and they’re trying to evolve and they will evolve.”

Listen to the full interview below.


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Ed Miller

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