Ebbsfleet United manager Dennis Kutrieb is confident his side can pull of an FA Cup shock when his side visit League Two, Leyton Orient on Saturday. Fleet sit 46 places below the O’s in the pyramid but the 41 year old is relishing the trip and opportunity of overcoming an EFL side. Speaking to kentonline.co.uk “If we’re on top of our performance then I’m not worried. They are better and two leagues above us but I’m not worried or afraid, quite the opposite. I’m really looking forward to this”.
Sit 5th in National League South
Fleet head to E10 on the back of seven straight wins in all competitions and will be full of confidence. Kutrieb’s men were without a game last weekend after their clash with Bath City was postponed due to Covid Cases in the Bath camp. The weekend off gave Kutrieb the opprtunity to see the O’s, “I would say we know what they do. We will prepare like it’s a league game but it will be good to see how good we are at the moment and if we can compete against them” Kentonline.co.uk
Kutrieb joined Ebbsfleet in the summer of 2020 and has only lost one of his five FA Cup games in charge, on penalties to Chippenham Town last season. The German is hoping to become only the third Fleet manager to overcome EFL opposition but he has higher hopes for his managerial career in the FA Cup. Speaking to kentonline.co.uk “it’s nice to be in the first round, it’s not something to put on you CV, it would mean a lot if we could get to the third round where the big teams. I’m happy don’t get me wrong, we deserve to be in the first round but we want to go further”.
Ebbsfleet have plenty of football league experience within their squad and Kutrieb is excited that they will be able showcase themselves against current EFL players. It will be Kutrieb first game against EFL opposition and he is keen to see all aspects of how clubs work at that level. Speaking to ebbsfleetunited.co.uk “ it’s very exciting for every player because they have really worked hard during the week. I can see it, I can feel it and everyone is reall excited to play on Saturday. It’s a big test bu that’s the reason why they work so hard becuase they want to have these test to know if they are still good enough”. He added “I can see everything behind the scenes, how we can compete as a team and I’m really looking forward to it”.
The O’s head into Saturday’s clash on the back of a 5-0 home win and Kutrieb highlights that his side can’t afford to gift them any opportunities if they are to pick up a result. Speaking to kentonline.co.uk “we can’t afford to make stupid mistakes, they will punish them straight away, if you don’t do that, then you have a chance to win. In 90 minutes anything is possible no matter who you play against, you can get something out of the game. Our players know we can get something out of the game”.
Last Reached Round Two in 2003 after 1-0 away at Chester in Round One
Fleet are set to be backed by over 800 fans at Brisbane Road on Saturday with Kutrieb hoping they can give them that extra push to establish their place in round two. Fleet lost 2-1 to Orient back in 1993 in the FA Cup but the 41 year old is hoping for better on Saturday. Speaking to kentonline.co.uk “our fans can help us a lot. If we can get them behind us then they will push us forward. Hartlepool had over 650 fans there last weekn and it was noisy. It would give us a massive lift to have even more support”.
Head to Head – Ebbsfleet (Gravesend & Northfleet) 2, Draw 2, Leyton Orient 1