Reflections from the dugout on a mixed night for Harriers…
By Matty Paddock - 05/09/2017
Posted 3 years ago
AFTER seeing his side denied by a dramatic late equaliser against Curzon Ashton on Tuesday night, boss John Eustace knows his team need to work harder in both boxes.
It was an evening packed with plenty of positives but also some frustrations as the team were held to a 2-2 draw.
An impressive first-half display saw Harriers in total control, but with just one goal to show for it.
That came back to haunt them as Curzon levelled from what the hosts would consider a poor goal from a corner.
Then Joe Ironside’s third of the season looked to have won the game, only for Naill Cummins to strike in the 89th minute to deny Harriers just days after a 1-1 draw against Boston at Aggborough.
Add to that the enforced game management of the likes of Dan Bradley, withdrawn in the second half as he continues to build up his fitness, and it was a night that ended on a sour note.
“I am really disappointed we didn’t get the three points – tonight and on Saturday – but that’s football,” reflected the boss.
“We played some fantastic stuff in that first half again and you can see the team is getting back to how we want it to be.
“But you can see there are two or three lads out there who are unfit and we are doing our best to get them fit – that’s why we’ve put them in the team.
“Those lads are working their socks off, as are the rest of the group; their attitudes over the last two games have been fantastic.”
Of the improvements still to be made, the manager admitted: “If you don’t take your chances you don’t win your games, and I know it’s frustrating.
“Everyone is frustrated but we can only keep working hard and hopefully we’ll be able to take those chances sooner rather than later.
“We’re getting punished at the moment and we have to try and be better at the start of second halves.
“We’re conceding goals from corners and we have to be better.
“On Saturday and tonight we weren’t good enough from set-pieces but we work on them every day and are getting punished for the little things at the moment.
“We’ll have to work harder and the harder we work, hopefully we’ll stop doing it.”
Eustace went to add: “We need everyone to stick behind them because it’s tough being a young pro.
“You have to remember that they’re 21, 22-year-old lads and we have all got to stick together – that’s what will get us through this sticky period.
“This group are trying their socks off for the club and for the fans so it’s important we stick together and keep going.”
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