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Danny Robinson admits Hungerford Town showed 'determination' during Ebbsfleet defeat

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Character and work ethic was something that manager Danny Robinson was quick to praise despite Hungerford Town’s 4-3 home defeat to Ebbsfleet United on Saturday.

The game was 1-1 at half-time, but Sefa Kahraman, Dominic Poleon and Alfie Egan punished Hungerford in the second-half as they raced into a 4-1 lead.

However, Hungerford brought it back to 4-3 and almost gave Ebbsfleet a scare by rescuing a point.

Sol Wanjau-Smith battles against Havant & Waterlooville
Sol Wanjau-Smith battles against Havant & Waterlooville

“Everyone in the National League South knows that Hungerford Town is full of character and a team who has incredible work ethic,” admitted Robinson.

“For 20 minutes Ebbsfleet just blew us away, they were absolutely quality and I don’t think we got near them in the period after half-time.

“It shows you what you can do in this league,” he added. “They are a terrific side and in my opinion I believe they are the best side we have faced.

“I hate praising after a defeat, but to come back and almost nick something at the end shows that ‘never say die’ attitude.”

It’s now back-to-back defeats for the Crusaders and the manager is backing his side to bounce back at St Albans on Saturday.

“You have to have that grit, determination and willingness to go through a brick wall and our season won’t be defined by playing Ebbsfleet.

“This league has a funny way and when you lose one, lose two then you need to try and we have to against St Albans.

“What a game to try and get back on it,” said Robinson. “They are in the second round of the FA Cup, they’re flying in the league and they are a top side.”

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