Second half our best yet – boss

Neil MacFarlane with impressed with his team’s showing at Curzon Ashton…

Neil MacFarlane with impressed with his team's showing at Curzon Ashton...

NEIL MacFarlane said Saturday’s second half performance at Curzon Ashton was the team’s best of the season so far.

Harriers had to make do with a point at the Tameside Stadium on yet another eventful day at the office.

While the game ended 1-1, the result does little to tell the story of an afternoon that saw three penalties awarded but none converted, the woodwork hit and the Reds totally boss the second period.

The gaffer was disappointed at having to settle for one point rather than three, but said there were “no complaints” about the second half his players put in.

“The second half was probably the best we’ve been this season – it was total control of a football match and making chance after chance,” he said.

“That lead to another opportunity through a penalty which we obviously had in the first half, in that crazy spell where they missed one as well.

“…it was total control of a football match and making chance after chance.”  Neil MacFarlane

“There were no complaints with the second half – in the first we were a bit bitty; the pitch was moving quite slow as times and we needed to move the ball more quickly.

“When we did that in the second half, they couldn’t get near us.”

The missed penalties may well have weighed heavy on the mind – two of them coming from the visitors – but the boss was insistent that the reaction the team showed summed up the character in the dressing room.

He added: “They’re a great group and we have seen this season that, when they are behind, they don’t panic.

“They keep playing their football and they find their way back into games through character and mentality.

“We could have felt sorry for ourselves when we missed a penalty at 1-0 down, but we kept going.

“On another day we would have won the game.”

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