Daryl McMahon kept his Ebbsfleet players in the changing-room for almost half an hour after they lost 1-0 at home to Torquay on Tuesday night.

The Gulls arrived second-bottom in the National League and without an away win all season but they deservedly inflicted Fleet’s second home defeat of the campaign.

McMahon warned his players Torquay were a better side than their league position suggested but the message didn’t seem to get through.

“It’s so far from what we’ve been doing,” he said. “That’s the curve ball it gives you, when you don’t expect a performance like that – and then it got a bit panicky. I don’t know why.

“It’s October and we’re at home to Torquay. I’ve said this a million times, we’re in a position where I want us to be competitive and finish as high as we can but there’s no pressure on the club to do anything.

“Just relax and play and I thought tonight we didn’t.”

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