Get the gaffer’s verdict…
By Matty Paddock - 30/09/2017
Posted 6 months ago
JOHN EUSTACE insisted progress in the Emirates FA Cup was key for his side as they overcame Newcastle Benfield with a narrow but deserved 1-0 victory.
It was a Cup tie that packed in many of the all-important ingredients.
A tremendously heavy pitch and driving rain added to the challenge of overcoming an opposition in Newcastle that were dangerous enough on their own merit.
With the veteran Paul Brayson always lurking as a threat, the young Harriers group once again showed their mettle.
Much like at Deeping a couple of weeks prior, they dominated much of the tie – although without having the breathing room of three first-half goals this time around.
Speaking after the final whistle, Eustace admitted: “Newcastle made it really difficult for us, they were an excellent team.
“These were tough conditions to play football in and, obviously, I’m delighted to get the win.
“It was a really tough game; the pitch was sapping the energy and was very spongy.
“On the back of an eight-hour trip last night, getting to the hotel quite late, the lads were fantastic.
“It’s what the Cup competitions are all about, getting through to the next round.
“I’m really proud of the boys and hopefully we can get a good draw.”
Harriers sealed the win through Joe Ironside’s fifth goal of the campaign.
The hit-man tucked home from close-range to secure the strike that proved to be the difference.
The gaffer was thrilled to see his hit-man back on the score sheet.
He added: “Joe had a lot of chances and, in the end, he got his just rewards.
“We’re really pleased for him as it’s important he starts scoring more goals for us; it was a great winning goal for him.”
Eustace also saved a word of thanks to the Harriers fans who made the epic journey to Sam Smith’s Stadium.
“They were magnificent,” he said.
“It’s a long, long way up here from Kidderminster and we’re just glad to be able to send them home with a result – all the lads really appreciate them coming so far.”
Next up for Harriers is an away trip in National League North at Bradford Park Avenue.