Manager’s reaction to the Boxing Day defeat…
By Matty Paddock - 27/12/2018
Posted 10 months ago
Neil MacFarlane felt his team failed to reach the right performance levels at key times during the Boxing Day defeat to Hereford.
Harriers went down 1-0 at Edgar Street to continue a run of just one win in seven matches in all competitions.
It was far from a day without any chances for the visitors, for whom Dan Bradley, Ashley Chambers, Dec Weeks and Kane Richards all had opportunities.
In the end, though, a late penalty proved to be enough for the hosts to pick up all three points.
“In the first half I thought we were in control of the game,” reflected MacFarlane.
“…we have to go there with the mindset of keeping ourselves right in the pack.” Neil MacFarlane
“It’s obviously a derby and this is a difficult place to come, but in the second half I didn’t think we got to our levels with and without the ball.
“In possession we were quite sloppy at times and we’ve got caught out with [the penalty] which, when I’ve looked at it back, I think he’s probably won the penalty than we’ve given it away.”
Harriers head to Stockport County on Saturday before welcoming Hereford to Aggborough for the return fixture on New Year’s Day.
The manager added: “We’ve got to rest and recover and we have to go there with the mindset of keeping ourselves right in the pack.
“Hopefully in January we can really kick on.”