Neil MacFarlane sounds a warning ahead of the new season after ‘soft’ goals against West Bromwich Albion
By Matty Paddock - 26/07/2018
Posted 1 year ago
WATCH: Neil MacFarlane discusses the game with WBA
While taking positives from Wednesday’s game with West Bromwich Albion, Harriers boss Neil Macfarlane knows his side must eradicate the mistakes that cost them goals at Aggborough.
Harriers performed excellently in spells against the Championship youngsters but were denied the win in part by the concession of two cheap goals.
They went from 1-0 down to 2-1 up in the space of a minute and might well have made it three had Brandon Hall and then his woodwork not intervened.
While the hosts went on to net again at the other end, the manager sounded a warning after the match that those were mistakes that can’t be repeated once the season kicks off at Alfreton Town next Saturday.
He said: “I said to the group in there that we know, as defenders, that’s our job first and foremost – to defend.
“…we have to be of the realisation that your job as a defender is to defend…” Neil MacFarlane
“They can all handle the ball and they can all play, but we have to be of the realisation that your job as a defender is to defend and the goals we lost in that spell at the start of the second half were soft.
“We have to eradicate them because we are putting so much into the game in front of that, that it can’t happen.
“They’re goals we can’t concede when we’re in total domination of the game.”
Harriers did finish the game far the stronger of the two sides, something also not lost on MacFarlane.
He went on to add: “That was the pleasing thing, fitness wise – how we quickly we started the second half.
“Then, towards the end, another pleasing aspect was that we kept going and going and going.
“With that high press, to go the 90 minutes was pleasing for the group.”