Penalty decision baffles boss as Fleet keep clean sheet

With Fleet denied a penalty 20 minutes from time at the end of last night’s Kent derby, that was the obvious talking point for the home side post-match. Dennis Kutrieb couldn’t help but be frustrated by that decision but also praised his defence’s clean sheet on the night. “After the game, I would say we…

English deluge doesn’t rain on Dennis’s parade

Drenched, bedraggled but unbowed, Fleet’s now familiar post-match congregation on the pitch wasn’t going to let ‘a bit’ of rain stop it as Jake Goodman’s second-half brace reversed the visitors’ fortunes. For Dennis Kutrieb, if he didn’t understand the eye rolls when ‘English weather’ is mentioned, he surely does now after an autumnal blast in…

Kutrieb emphasises clean sheets

Dennis Kutrieb impressed upon his players before last night’s fixture at Eastbourne that a clean sheet would have been enough to take the three points as he was confident his side would score in the 90 minutes. So it proved on the one hand, with Alfie Egan celebrating his first strike in a Fleet shirt,…

Pass the Deutsch from the left-hand side…

What’s said in the dressing room stays in the dressing room. And what’s said in Dennis Kutrieb’s post-match huddle stays there, too. Except on this occasion, we can reveal that match winner Bobby-Joe Taylor expressed his deep affection for his teammates with a smattering of a foreign language as he exclaimed “Ich liebe dich!” (German…

Taylor lets the winner go to his head

He’s been eight years in senior football but yesterday’s winner for the Fleet against Hungerford Town was Bobby-Joe Taylor’s first goal with his head. And what a goal it was, with Taylor starting on the left-wing, exchanging passes with Lee Martin and Rakish Bingham, whose back heel reversed play in turn to Martin again while…

Reaction: “Who loves a challenge?”

Going in at the break a goal and a man down might have buckled some changing rooms. But in the Fleet camp, Dennis Kutrieb and his staff simply told the players to roll up their sleeves and meet the challenge. “I asked the boys at half-time if they love challenges,” Kutrieb said in his post-match…

“We lost focus,” says Fleet boss

Dennis Kutrieb was left displeased with his side’s second-half performance, off the back of seeing their 2-0 half-hour lead disappear. Speaking after the full-time whistle, the Fleet manager believed his side’s focus was found wanting and that perhaps they’d thought 2-0 was enough. “It was too easy,” he said (see video interview below). “We started…

Hadler’s shootout spirit

A goalkeeper making a debut on the opening day of the season is usually nothing to write home about. But when you throw in a penalty shootout, progress to the next round of the Emirates FA Cup and a couple of match-winning saves in both normal time and the aforementioned spot-kick lottery, then yesterday was…

The bottom line is the win, says Fleet boss

It was certainly an action-packed introduction to English football for Dennis Kutrieb in his first competitive game as Fleet boss. He began pre-season with 10 goals and he kicked-off the season proper with another nine if you include the spot-kicks that sent the Fleet through to the next round of the Emirates FA Cup. “The…

Taylor’s aim to switch success from amber to red

Bobby Joe-Taylor needs little introduction to home fans at the Kuflink Stadium.  His mazy run from the left wing is still seared into our collective memories, receiving the ball out left, the patient run at Tom Bonner and the drop of the shoulder to turn inside the box, ride the tackle by Dean Rance and…