Gardiner on ups, downs and Southport….
By Matty Paddock - 09/09/2017
Posted 2 months ago
MATT GARDINER knows there are still plenty of ups and downs ahead for Harriers this season following a terrific 3-0 win at Southport on Saturday.
Two goals from Andre Brown and a first club goal for Will Longbottom were enough to secure a fine win at the Merseyrail Community Stadium.
It came against a dramatic backdrop of events, with the management being forced to do without four key first-team players after late withdrawals.
Ryan Croasdale, Joe Ironside, Dan Bradley and James McQuilkin were all ruled out late on, the latter trio all sidelined with injuries, Croasdale unavailable for personal reasons.
So it was with a young and largely unfamiliar eleven that took to the field, though loaded with a ton of enthusiasm and desire to perform.
And that’s what carried the team through, according to Gardiner.
He knows there are still plenty of challenges ahead for the reds this term but heaped praise on the side for their efforts on the day.
“The one thing you can say about the players is that they’ll always work as hard as they can,” he commented.
“To come away with the result and performance was fantastic…” Matt Gardiner
“It’s a very young team today and I think the average age was around 21.
“To come away and put in a performance like that; everyone is really pleased.
“We’ve been saying that there are going to be ups and downs with the way the season has started and I’m sure there will be downs to come.
“We’re looking to get that consistency into us and for everyone to be together.
“With what we were faced with last night, the lads have adapted and we’ve got on with it today.
“To come away with the result and performance was fantastic… but there’s more to come from the group, and equally there are bits where you can see they’re still learning as well.
“It’s a good result against a very good team.”
Harriers are next in action on Tuesday night as they travel to Tamworth (7:45pm).