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Matt Gardiner pleased as Harriers hold on for win

Posted: Sat 11 Feb 2017
Author: @khfcofficial

Verdict from the dugout

MATT GARDINER gave credit to Harriers for seeing out Saturday’s win against Curzon Ashton amid a late scare from the visitors who netted two late goals.

The three points were secured come the final whistle – an eventuality that looked likely after the team raced into a 3-0 lead.

Harriers controlled the vast majority of the proceedings to wrap up another win, but were almost undone by a visiting side who set up a grandstand finish with goals inside the last quarter-hour.

Gardiner admitted the team should have put the game to bed, but praised a solid footballing side in Curzon for their late resilience.

“When they got the second goal it changed the mood in the stadium,” he said at the final whistle.

“But the boys have held on to get the three points and when you set out at the start of the day, that’s what you’re after.

“Curzon are a very good side and we’ve been up to watch them… if you give them the time and space, they create chances.

“But, in saying that, we’ve got to be better with how we see the game out as well.

“To get the three goals up so quickly was great, but then it’s just [about] following that through and staying on the front foot.

“We’ve been in that position before so we knew what we had to do, but the timing of the goals and the way they went in shifted the momentum slightly.

“But, again, credit to the players because they carried on… to get another three points at Aggborough is very pleasing.”

Harriers are next in action when they visit Chorley next weekend.