Garry Hill saw his Ebbsfleet side fly out of the traps against Wrexham having spent the pre-match warm-up inside the changing rooms – and the experienced manager declared it one of the best squads he has worked with.

Hill, who took Dagenham & Redbridge to the brink of the Football League and won promotion with Woking, told BBC Radio Kent’s Ben Watts, “It’s a very special squad. I’ve been in the game a long time and this squad of players conduct themselves in a [good] manner. They have to deal with certain things off the pitch and then give a performance on the pitch which people witnessed here today. There’s nothing I can say to them any different: the character and commitment and performances they’re showing has been different class.

“I’ve had some very good sides over the years, but they come up with the best. Not only on the pitch, but off the pitch. You’ll go a long way to find a stronger, close-knit squad of players. Very private in one way, very professional in another and they go about their jobs the right way.

“Whatever comes, I’ve taken charge of a squad with quality, togetherness spirit and character on and off the pitch and people around the club who support, as supporters, volunteers who do things that don’t get notice, we’re working hard together.”

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