Maidstone United manager George Elokobi reveals FA Trophy masterplan after injury-time win over Dartford
George Elokobi said Maidstone had Dartford exactly where they wanted them before inflicting an FA Trophy sucker punch.
Darts enjoyed second-half pressure before Levi Amantchi struck in the final minute of injury time to hand United a 1-0 victory in yesterday’s Second-Round tie.
It might have looked as though Darts were in the ascendancy but Elokobi revealed it was all part of the plan.
“I wouldn’t say they were on top,” said the Stones boss.
“You saw it as them being on top in terms of possession but in football when you are not in possession you’ve got to make sure you are balanced, that you keep your discipline.
“You’ve got to make sure you’re controlling and constraining and we were controlling and constraining and waiting for that moment.
“In the second half they’re going to have moments, and they did, but it was about being disciplined, keeping our shape and keeping our compactness and making sure they played in the areas we want them to, so we were in control of those moments.”
Amantchi’s 17th goal this season, pouncing from close range after substitute Harry Kyprianou kept a cross in play, was the difference between the sides.
The tie was was seconds away from going to penalties.
Elokobi said: “It was important we go all the way to the end.
“A little bit of quality towards the dying end of the game has given us a fantastic goal and a win for our football club.
“You have to talk about the assistors, the players who deliver the balls for Levi to finish.
“It was a fantastic ball that we worked up down the line and a fantastic cross.
“We talk about moments when we get in the final third, can we deliver that quality because we know we have players in and around the six-yard box and the 18-year box to keep it alive.