Post-match verdict from AFC Fylde….
By Matty Paddock - 04/11/2017
Posted 2 weeks ago
JOHN EUSTACE believes Harriers “gifted” the goals that knocked them out of the Emirates FA Cup at AFC Fylde on Saturday.
On a strong run of form going into the game, Harriers were uncharacteristically found wanting at the back at key times in the Mill Farm contest.
While they more than had their own share of chances in the Cup tie, Eustace and the squad were left to rue the four goals Fylde racked up.
Even at the break 1-0 down, Harriers were well in the tie before three goals not long after the restart really ended the affair.
While late goals from Joel Taylor and Andre Brown were late consolations, the damage had, by then, been done.
“We are very proud of the lads to get this far, but I was disappointed with the manner we conceded the goals today,” reflected the gaffer.
“I felt we handed all four of the goals to them which was the most disappointing thing.
“They are a quality team and a very experienced team, but the way we defended for all four goals was really disappointing.
“I don’t think they had to earn any of them and that’s something we’ve got to look at.”
“Then coming out and gifting them another goal right after half time kind of killed the tie a little bit.” John Eustace
Eustace went on to add: “I was really pleased with the first-half performance, I thought we played really well.
“Again, we gave them a sloppy goal, but then we grew into the game and had some good chances.
“Then coming out and gifting them another goal right after half time kind of killed the tie a little bit.
“But the group have a fantastic attitude and you could see they really battled on and kept going until the end.”