Boss Neil MacFarlane made sure his players knew how he felt after Saturday’s game…
By Matty Paddock - 11/08/2018
Posted 3 years ago
NEIL MACFARLANE hailed the response of his players as they fought back from 2-0 down to claim a result against Ashton United on Saturday.
Kane Richards netted in the 95th minute to seal a 3-3 draw for Harriers, who had twice been behind at Aggborough.
It was a true contrast in halves for the home side, who were far from at at the races in the first period as the visitors stole ahead.
Looking back at the final whistle, the Aggborough chief made it abundantly clear that what came first was not something he’ll tolerate – but he issued praise where it was due for the reaction that – with ten men – almost saw the home side win the game 4-3.
“It was an incredible ending to the game, but the first half was unacceptable from our perspective,” he said.
“It’s the first time I have seen that from the group, even through all of the training sessions and into the matches – we just didn’t start properly. We let them get a foothold into the game which gave them something to hold on to.
“…at the end… we were giving everything to the cause.” Neil MacFarlane
“We made a number of chances at half time… but I’ve said to the players, that’s not the manager; the manager can make tactical changes, but it’s about the players and their mindset – their mindset was totally different in the second half.
“Even when we lost a man – which was disappointing – I thought we were outstanding and our attitude was incredible, to find a way back into the game at the death and, at the end… we were giving everything to the cause.”
MacFarlane added: “I said to them that I want that to reflect who I am and who they are as a group that we continue to fight for this club – but with the realisation that we are not satisfied with drawing at home, [though] we are happy with a point in the circumstances.”