Boss looks back at Saturday’s epic win…
By Matty Paddock - 23/09/2017
Posted 2 years ago
JOHN EUSTACE was pleased for his players and insists things are getting better after a thrilling 5-4 win over Blyth Spartans at Aggborough.
It was test of pretty much every department of the Harriers team.
Goal scoring was in fine form as four different players found the net.
And while the boss admits there is work to be done after seeing the team concede four against an impressive Spartans outfit, he praised the team’s resolve after they turned a 3-2 deficit at half time into a win at the end of 90 minutes.
In fact, the score line does little to reflect the dominance of the home side in the second half, netting three goals without reply until the visitors netted at the death to up the tension levels.
“It was obviously an exciting game for the fans, with lots to work on for us,” reflected the boss.
“The lads showed great character and I couldn’t be more pleased for them.
Results haven’t been where we want them but they are improving and getting better. John Eustace
“I’m proud of them as well; going down 3-2 at half-time against an excellent team, the boys showed a togetherness that is getting better and better for such a young group.
“To come back – full credit to them.
“Results haven’t been where we want them but they are improving and getting better.
“You can see that the lads are together and it is important that we’re all together.
“There will be more ups and downs throughout the season but we are working our hardest to get it right.”
Harriers were bolstered by the return of the likes of skipper Ryan Croasdale and, off the bench, Dan Bradley.
While Bradley didn’t find the net on the day, he came tantalisingly close to doing so with some well-timed runs that just lacked a killer edge that will surely come with more game time.
Striker Joe Ironside had a similar afternoon as he found himself denied by the Blyth goalkeeper.
But it’s clear the gaffer sees plenty of goals in the duo.
He added: “Those two are top players in this league and the goals will come for them, without a shadow of a doubt.
“They have just got to keep working hard and keep going.
“Eventually they’ll get a goal off their bum or their knee and they’ll be off and running again.
“I have no problems there.”