Salford verdict: Boss fumes at drop in character

Gaffer lament second-half showing at Salford…

John Eustace

JOHN EUSTACE was unhappy with his team’s character after a torrid second-half showing at Salford City saw them well beaten on the road.

Despite Joe Ironside’s penalty being saved in the first half, Harriers were well in contention at the break.

But two quick-fire goals within a few minutes of the restart effectively ended the contest.

The reaction to those goals left the boss less than impressed.

While he knows it’s early days in the season and that his young squad is still getting to know one another – a few of those even without a pre-season – he admitted after the game to being frustrated at what went on in the second 45.

“I was happy with the first half performance and obviously nobody is blaming Joe for missing the penalty – these things happen,” he reflected.

“I was just really disappointed with the second half and the way we came out.

“When we conceded the goal our heads dropped straight away – I need better than that and the team needs better than that.

“We need a few more characters… the way we dropped our heads isn’t us and that’s something I’ve got to sort out.

“In the first half [neither team] had many chances but goals change games and they had a lot of momentum in the second half.

“We’ve got to work, especially at the start of a second half, being a lot more focused because I was disappointed with the character of the lads.

“We’re five games into the season and we have got to work on… there’s lots to take into consideration but we want to work harder and get better.”

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