Fleet boss Daryl McMahon was under no illusions that his side were off the pace in their 1-0 defeat to Torquay United on Tuesday night. He praised a well-drilled Torquay’s organisation but said that shouldn’t have mattered had his side been on the ball.
“I said before the game they won’t get relegated, they’re a good side,” McMahon told BBC Radio Kent’s Charles Webster. “But I’m not really bothered about them, we didn’t perform tonight anywhere near the level that I expect of us. We were way below par and when you’re way below par in this division you get punished.
“I thought the quality was poor, it was disjointed. I can’t fault the work ethic, they worked hard, but working smart and working hard are two different things. We were lacking that.”
Fleet made two changes, bringing in Marvin McCoy and Myles Weston and McMahon explained the reasons behind that. “With Marvin I thought we could get it wide like we did in the first half,” he said, “create two v ones wide because of their wing-backs and [Aaron McLean] at 35 hasn’t got every minute of every game in his legs.”
And McMahon felt that while Torquay deserved their three points, it was more a case of his own side not rising to the occasion.
“They were well set up but we’ve beaten ourselves in my opinion. The goal’s a poor goal for us to concede. Tonight and Macclesfield we might have beaten ourselves, the only team that’s beaten us is Aldershot for me. Nothing against Torquay, they’re a good side.
“The players have to want to produce it. You can’t talk about it, you have to go and do it. They’re all capable players, I just thought tonight we were poor from a decent run we’ve been on in terms of performances. We’ve got to go back on the training ground and dust ourselves down ready for Sutton on Saturday because I’m sure that’ll be another tough one.”
New signing Febian Brandy was introduced to the crowd before the game but wasn’t immediately sent into the fray and McMahon hopes he’ll be involved on Saturday instead. “It would have been harsh to throw him in tonight at the deep end,” he said. “He’s had three training sessions, so we’ll train Thursday and Friday and hopefully get him involved Saturday.”