Reaction: Character got us through

John Eustace happy to see Harriers win while not at their best on Tuesday night…

MANAGER John Eustace says Harriers’ character helped push them through to victory against Stockport without the reds being at their best on Tuesday night.

The team racked up a third win in succession at Aggborough with a 3-1 success against a Hatters side who had won six on the reel to be the division’s form team.

It was a big three points and one delivered with a certain assuredness in the final stages.

Reflecting on the performance, the gaffer felt the players weren’t at their peak in terms of performance, which made the final result all the more pleasing.

“It’s been a really tough couple of weeks, but the lads’ character has got them through it,” he stated.

“I don’t think we played that well tonight but, to win the game was excellent.

“Stockport are on a great run – you can see they’re confident and they made it difficult for us.

“They’re a very good team and I’m sure they’ll be in the play-offs at the end of the season, so I wasn’t surprised at all [that they equalised so quickly].

“…the character of the young group is fantastic….” John Eustace

“But the lads concede, and they go again – the character of the young group is fantastic and hopefully that will continue.”

Goals from Joe Ironside, James McQuilkin and Dan Bradley wrapped up the win.

That aside, the reds only had a few more opportunities – quite the contrast to the scores of openings they’ve created in some recent games only to end up empty handed.

Eustace added: “It kind of makes a bit of a change!

“We normally create a lot of chances and don’t take them. We didn’t create that many tonight, but I’m delighted with the three goals.”

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