Verdict from Harriers manager Neil MacFarlane on the FA Trophy defeat to York City…
By Matty Paddock - 25/11/2018
Posted 5 months ago
Neil MacFarlane wants Harriers to start taking their chances after being knocked out of the FA Trophy despite “total domination” in the second half against York.
The Reds, the manager felt, edged must closer to being more like their usual selves going forward against the Minstermen.
The showing did yield one goal and numerous chances after the break, not least an Ed Williams penalty that was saved.
And so despite the 3-1 defeat, the boss was encouraged, saying: “In recent weeks, some of that free-flowing football that was there at the start of the season hasn’t been in evidence.
“But it was certainly there today. I’ll always call it as I see it, and some of the attacking play was fantastic.
“It was just the final moment. Some of the intricate football within it to get to that position was there, but we just didn’t take those chances.
“…some of the attacking play was fantastic.” Neil MacFarlane
“The second half was total domination, but what we must do is start doing it when it is 0-0.”
Harriers’ improved showing came after being 3-0 down on home soil to the two-time Trophy winners.
The wounds were self-inflicted on the day, says MacFarlane, who added of the goals conceded: “They are avoidable – there’s not many times this season that someone has stepped inside and put it in from 25, 30 yards.
“All our goals are avoidable… we have to put responsibility for our defenders to do better, which I do.”