Daryl McMahon was pleased with the way he thought his side controlled the game against Tranmere Rovers, both before and after the sending-off. And he thought his players responded to his demands for better use of the ball after their midweek defeat to Aldershot Town.
“I thought we were very good from the start of the game,” he told BBC Radio Kent’s Charles Webster. “I asked them to move the ball better than we have over the last two games. I thought we did that, I thought we dominated possession even when it was 11 v 11 and in control of the game. Just that elusive goal didn’t come for us. But what I asked them today was to control the game with the ball and I thought we did that really well. That was more of an Ebbsfleet performance today in terms of with the ball than we’ve seen the last two matches and just that little bit better in the box again that we need to be and we’ll be alright.”
Danny Mills (pictured) started his first league game for the club and McMahon thought he put in a decent shift on his full debut. “Millsy did really well, it was his first start against the biggest team in the league,” the manager said. “We’ve got faith in him and he’s a good player. We know he’s going to get goals for us. Weston’s had a couple of [shots], put a couple of great crosses in as well where we think we can get a little tap-in.”
And though a second victory still managed to evade McMahon’s men, the manager insisted that the expectation on his side to beat the likes of league leaders Aldershot and favourites Tranmere was misguided. “[Tranmere] are not where they want to be,” he said. “They’ve got some terrific players in their squad, great experience, and we’re probably very young again today which I like. We’ve got good energy and good quality.
“We just need to start piecing together a couple of wins and be slightly better in the final third. We’re Ebbsfleet from the Conference South, we’re not those big clubs. I know everyone thinks we are but we’re not. We’re a small team compared to them and we’re fighting against them in this division and we’re doing alright.”
Listen to the full interview below.