Daryl McMahon believed that Dean Rance typified his entire side’s work ethic throughout the whole season, following the Fleet’s 2-1 win at The Beveree.
“We’ve scrapped hard all season,” McMahon told BBC Radio Kent’s Matt Cole. “Sometimes you have a bit of misfortune, bad luck or miss an opportunity but for the majority of the season I can’t doubt the players’ work ethic and willingness to fight. I thought Dean Rance was absolutely outstanding. He showed why I put him in the team – he won tackles and headers, excellent energy, screened the back-four really well against Culley as well and got a goal. I think the fans have seen the work ethic of the players. To get 96 points and play the football we’ve played and score the goals we’ve scored, I think they appreciate that and the players appreciate them.”
The boss had a good word too for Aaron McLean who has battled back to fitness and played in four games probably ahead of schedule due to Fleet’s injury problems. “Aaron deserved his goal. The amazing thing about Aaron when you think is he’s been out for seven months, to come back in, in a key part of the season, the performances he’s given us is credit to the work he’s done behind the scenes.”
After 90 minutes that McMahon admitted wasn’t the most pleasing on the eye, the Fleet boss expects the second leg to be a different beast.
“It was never going to be a pretty game. If you come here and try to win pretty, it’ll go against you,” he said. “They’ll have to come out and we’ll go on the front foot. They’ve run, so have we, there’ll be tired players but it’s still four days away. It’s a different game at home, we may play a different way but we’ll decide on Sunday. We’ve got the players to change it, it’s a pretty good bench and I’m sure that will rotate round before Sunday. Nothing’s taken for granted by us. We know they’re a good side but we look forward to the game.”
Listen to full interview below.