|Jo Broad before the Ebbsfleet game|
"We paid them too much respect in the first half. We let them play and did not get in their faces and that cost us.
"There was some bad defending and again we gave away simple goals.
|Dan Smith started the game up front|
"We are down to bare bones, but we have to go with what we have got at the moment."
Again City started slowly and conceded a goal after only two minutes when they allowed Liam Enver-Marum to head home at the near post from Michael West's right wing corner.
And the confident visitors looked likely to add to their tally before against the run of play Les Afful's powerful drive from the edge of the area defeated Preston Edwards.
But the Kent side hit back almost immediately when West finished off a powerful run with a clinical finish past a helpless Tim Sandercombe.
Ebbsfleet's third though had a large element of good fortune as Ranbir Marwa's cross from the left appeared to be handled by Nathan Pinney before he netted.
But City's appeals were ignored by referee Chris Powell and at 3-1 down with less than half an hour gone it looked like a long afternoon for the White Tigers.
But they hung on until half-time without conceding further and might even have pulled a goal back when Afful forced a fine save from Edwards right on half-time.
City began the second half with more purpose but went 4-1 down with a well taken goal from Enver-Marum.
To their credit City kept pushing forward and were soon rewarded when Dan Smith's clever pass gave Afful the chance to flick the ball past Edwards from close range.
And if Andy Watkins had headed either side of Edwards, rather than straight at the Ebbsfleet keeper from Smith's cross, it might have been a different story.
Truro though continued to press with Scott Walker's free kick forcing Edwards into a smart save.
Lee Hodges, who had come on for Cooke, headed against the top of the bar from a Walker free-kick and Watkins had claims for a penalty turned away by referee Powell.
It was Ebbsfleet though who had the last word when Enver-Marum completed his hat-trick right on time following a quick counter-attack.
City, though, could take plenty from their second half performance as they concentrate on their number one priority – Blue Square Bet South survival.