Verdict on our New Year’s Day win…
By Matty Paddock - 01/01/2018
Posted 12 months ago
BOSS John Eustace gave praise to his embattled Harriers squad as they picked up a 2-0 win against AFC Telford on New Year’s Day.
Goals from Andre Brown and Andre Wright started 2018 the right way for the reds.
There were a number of encouraging displays throughout the team – a little patched up as it was thanks to the list of absentees that included Joe Ironside and Declan Weeks.
But after seeing the team on the day shine in its own right, Eustace was rightly full of praise for those putting on the shirt.
Liam Truslove’s start was his first of the season, while Joel Taylor was forced to come off the bench and play whilst not fully fit after Emmanuel Sonupé was forced off after one of the game’s many heavily challenges.
“I thought we were excellent today,” reflected the boss.
“We put lots of effort in and the result was the right result.
“We won the game and put on a really good showing.
“I thought all eleven players were excellent; there’s two or three who’ve come in and haven’t played too many games – that was Liam Truslove’s first start and Andre Wright came in for 45 minutes.
“I thought all eleven players were excellent…” John Eustace
“Joel Taylor on the bench has got an injury and is playing through the pain barrier for us so we’re down to the bare bones really.
“I was proud of the whole group.”
Added to those missing were Lee Vaughan who tweaked his knee, while Dan Bradley has been out for several weeks after minor surgery.
Of the enforced changes and the personnel issues, the gaffer simply added: “It’s a squad game, as I’ve always said.
“As long as we are competitive in every game we play, that’s all I can ask for.
“You can see that everyone in the squad is together and everyone who comes in wants to do well for the team.”
Harriers now head to Leamington and Chorley in National League North over the next ten days.