Reflections after defeat to Harrogate…
By Matty Paddock - 17/02/2018
Posted 4 weeks ago
JOHN EUSTACE wants to see the right reaction from Harriers after their first league defeat since September against Harrogate on Saturday.
A 2-0 defeat to Town at Aggborough came after a goal in each half from Simon Weaver’s men.
The reds did edge more into the game at 2-0 down and created a good number of opportunities, though ultimately to no avail.
A reflective Eustace spoke after the game and took heart from that response – and wants the players to produce again when they travel to Darlington in a week’s time.
He said: “We’re disappointed with the result, it was a very tough game.
“I didn’t think there was much in it, but they’re a good team and they’ve got the three points.
“When we went 2-0 down just after half time, I was really happy with the lads’ efforts and we could have nicked a couple of goals.
“That wasn’t to be, so the run has ended and now it is very important that we have a reaction next week.”
Of Saturday’s defeat, he added: “We limited them to very few chances, but they took them.
…the run has ended and now it is very important that we have a reaction next week…. John Eustace
“We had a number of good chances in the second half but we didn’t take ours.
“We’re still in there and we’re still fighting, and we’re looking forward to the next game.”
Harriers’ preparations were hampered in the lead up to the game. Goalkeeper Brandon Hall was ruled out late with a thigh injury, while Jimmy O’Connor picked up an injury in the warm-up.
The gaffer knows it’s down to those players drafted in to pick up the mantle, though.
“That’s what I’ve said all season – it’s a squad game,” he went on to say.
“We’re disappointed to lose Brandon and Jimmy as they’re the heart of our defence really… but it gives opportunities to people who haven’t been playing.”