Reaction after Darlington…
By Matty Paddock - 24/02/2018
Posted 3 weeks ago
JOHN EUSTACE felt his team were hard done by in being defeated late at Darlington on Saturday.
Harriers had to dig in and battle at Blackwell Meadows, behind at the break despite having the better of the game.
A leveller came in the second period through Joe Ironside, only for Eustace and his charges to rue a “sloppy” goal in the game’s final seconds that gave all three points to The Quakers.
Speaking after the final whistle, the gaffer reflected: “I don’t think we deserved to lose the game.
“In the first half we created some great chances but didn’t take them. In the second half they had a couple of chances but I felt a draw was a fair result in the end, so to concede at the death is really disappointing.
“I would have been happy with a point after last week and felt the boys battled really well today. John Eustace
“I would have been happy with a point after last week and felt the boys battled really well today.
“In the second half, we carried on playing and I was happy with the overall performance, but really disappointed with conceding at the end.”
Ironside’s goal was his 18th of the season and showed neat reactions as the striker showed great awareness and reactions to follow-up and finish after his initial header had come off the post.
He stepped off the bench to get it, too, after Harriers handed a first start to loan front man George Waring.
Eustace added: “George has done terrifically since he’s come off the bench and I felt Joe needed a bit of a break.
“But he’s come on and scored a great goal so it was a perfect answer to that!”