Neil MacFarlane’s assessment of the 4-1 defeat to Southport at Aggborough…
By Matty Paddock - 04/11/2018
Posted 2 weeks ago
Neil MacFarlane admitted his team’s first-half showing at Aggborough against Southport was their worst of the season.
Liam Watson’s men rocketed in four goals inside 35 minutes as they went on to secure a fully deserved 4-1 victory.
It left Harriers with back-to-back home defeats in the league, and massive opportunity missed to pick up three more points. It was also a stark contrast to the 4-0 win picked up at Leamington a few days prior.
The Reds managed at least to get on the score sheet through Jimmy O’Connor in the second half at Aggborough but, speaking after the game, the boss admitted what came before it was far from acceptable.
“I think we went from our best performance to our worst 45 minutes,” he said.
“…it was no where near what I expect from the group…” Neil MacFarlane
“Without a shadow of a doubt, it was no where near what I expect from the group and it was in no way acceptable.
“We have to move on from it quickly.
“We suffered a set-back after three minutes. They had the wind advantage in the first half; they penned us in and they got goal after goal.
“It was such a disappointing 45 minutes and I said to the players that they had to at least show a level of pride in the second half, and I think they did.
“We must now, as I said to them at the end of the game, move on to the next one because we’re still right in the hunt.”