JOHN EUSTACE hailed his troops despite Harriers being narrowly beaten by FC Halifax Town at Aggborough on Saturday.
Joe Ironside had given Harriers an early lead but goals from Tom Denton and Jordan Sinnott, either side of James McQuilkin missing a penalty, were enough to condemn the hosts to their first home defeat since October.
But Eustace was proud of his players’ performance against one of the form sides in the division, “I was pleased. I thought the lads played really well and it was a real good effort. I don’t think we deserved to lose the game.
“Halifax are a good, experienced team and they took their chance with the penalty. I was pleased with the effort, and the way that we played. On another day we could have scored a few goals, so that’s the positives to take out of it.
“We’re growing as a team and we were sticking up for ourselves out there against a good, strong side.”
Harriers have six games of the season left to continue boosting their promotion chances but despite five of those matches coming against teams in the bottom half of the table, Eustace scoffed at suggestions that Harriers have a favourable run-in.
“No game is easy. The teams we’re going to be playing against have got things to play for so we certainly haven’t got an easy run-in. We’ll prepare as we do normally for next week and that’s what we’ll be concentrating on.”
Influential duo Arthur Gnahoua and Zaine Francis-Angol returned to the starting line-up from injury today and Eustace was pleased with their impact, “You could see they were blowing after an hour but that’s understandable.
“They’ve been out for a while with injury so to have them back is a massive positive and getting them through 90 minutes today will stand them in good stead for next week.”