The two goals killed us, says Wood

Will Wood led Fleet’s online man of the match vote following Saturday’s match against Havant & Waterloville but he felt his current team gave his former side their goals too easily.

“To concede so early, the two goals in the way that we conceded those goals, we always knew it was going to be an uphill battle,” said Wood. “We’ve got to stop conceding goals like that. A team that wins leagues or a team that goes on to win play-offs and stays up there doesn’t concede goals like that. Look at them, the goals they scored like that, and I think that’s what we’re missing. We’re trying to score perfect goals and sometimes we lack a cutting edge.”

His manager suggested the recent lack of goals was perhaps a bit of an issue with confidence and Wood agreed with that. “I think that’s just natural when you know that you’ve not scored many goals. It can be a little bit in your head. But we had some good chances today. And we did play some good stuff at times but the two goals killed us.”

From an unfamiliar position at right midfield, Wood was the chief architect of Fleet’s best chances in the first-half before Havant got the advantage with two quick goals before half-time.

“We had them on the back foot before that but as I say, conceding two goals like that, you’re always giving yourself a challenge and we didn’t recover from it, maybe another day we would have.

“It’s a different side [on the right] but I’ve played full-back and I’ve played on the wing before. Fans have probably seen me play all over the place since I’ve been here but the gaffer has chosen to put me out there and cut in on my left foot and it nearly paid off early on. I was a bit disappointed with that but I’m going to try my best wherever I get put.”

Wood felt his side matched Havant for fitness despite the two-week break and says Tuesday night’s FA Trophy clash v Chippenham takes on renewed importance as Fleet seek to get back into a groove.

“We had a good week training this week, we had a programme when we finished [and went into] isolation, in the gym by ourselves,” said Wood. “Everyone completed that, everyone came back fit and we had a really tough week this week. So I think everyone was fit enough today, I just think it was the two goals that we conceded. You’re not going to give yourself a chance to win the game.

“It’s a perfect time to put this game behind us and go again Tuesday, that’s what we’ve said in the changing room, that we’ve got a chance to put it right and we have to make sure that we do that. [Chippenham] are a tough side to beat as we know but we’ve got to be on it Tuesday night.”


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Ed Miller

Ed Miller

Ed Miller has been Ebbsfleet United's communications manager and programme editor since 2014 and responsible for the club website since 2007. Contact him on ed.miller@eufc.co.uk

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