Ebbsfleet United defender Haydn Hollis pushes for regular starting spot after impressive performance against former club Chesterfield in National League
Haydn Hollis made his first start of the season for Ebbsfleet on Saturday and hopes he’s done enough to claim a regular spot.
With Chris Solly ruled out through suspension, Hollis impressed at the heart of the Fleet defence against his former club as the Fleet went down 1-0 to new National League leaders Chesterfield.
It wasn’t the result he wanted but Hollis was pleased with his own display, getting through the 90 minutes after previous substitute outings against Kidderminster and Barnet this term.
“I enjoyed it, getting back playing is what everyone wants to do,” said 30-year-old Hollis.
“I enjoyed being out there on the pitch and doing what I do but I didn’t enjoy losing and I thought we deserved probably a point.
“I thought I did okay but I’d rather have been average and got a point as that’s what it is about. It’s something to build on as I’ve not played properly for so long.”
Ebbsfleet manager Dennis Kutrieb has a habit of picking players to feature against their former club.
He didn’t disappoint as Hollis was included in the starting line-up.
“It’s nice for him as well because I’d have been fuming if I hadn’t played,” smiled Hollis. “I hate not playing anyway but against my old club as well, I appreciated it.
“They are a good team and they’ll find ways to win. It’s a huge football club, an unbelievable club, and we’ve matched them for so long.
“When we got promoted, especially for me as it’s my former club, that would have been the first fixture you look for as you want to play in the big games, in front of bigger crowds and against bigger clubs.
“I think every player wants to play. I feel I’ve proved I’m more than good enough to play. It’s frustrating, I understand the manager’s got a difficult job, but you just