The Harriers manager reacts to an important Aggborough victory…
By Luke Thompson - 08/04/2019
Posted 2 weeks ago
Harriers manager Mark Yates was pleased that Harriers eliminated some mistakes to earn three points on Saturday against Bradford (Park Avenue).
The result came in response to two consecutive away defeats – losing to Brackley Town and Altrincham across the previous fortnight, but Harriers returned to winning ways on their Aggborough return, winning 3-0.
Yates’ men found the net three times thanks to a brace from Joe Ironside either side of an Ashley Chambers header against Bradford (Park Avenue), as they closed the gap on the playoffs to three points.
Having been unlucky in games in recent months, Yates was pleased with the performance and result against difficult opposition.
“…particularly in the first half, we eliminated mistakes and learnt from the ones that we made last week…” Mark Yates
“In the first half I thought we were excellent, and in the second half, we got a bit of luck that we deserved,” said Yates.
“Particularly in the first half, we eliminated mistakes and learnt from the ones that we made last week.
“The game certainly changed in the second half – they changed their shape and matched us up which caused us a few problems, but I thought we always looked a threat on the break.
“We had to dig in and showed a lot of character – they’re a good set of lads but we’re just prone to making mistakes.
“Since I’ve been here, I don’t think things have gone our way, but today we’ve still made a couple of mistakes but fortune was on our side – it was a well deserved three points, but we were perhaps a little lucky to have a clean sheet at the end as well”.
With just four games remaining and sitting outside of the playoffs, Yates stressed that if his team focus on their own results and take it one game at a time, then Harriers could be where they want to be at 5pm on 27th April.
“We’ve just got to take it one game at a time – we know what we’ve got to do and then we can hope that things go our way elsewhere, but our focus just has to be on the next game now,” said Yates.
“We need 12 points to even have a chance of the playoffs I think, but we’re not going to burn the players with that – we’ve just got to go and beat FC United next week”.