Neil MacFarlane’s thoughts on the defeat to Stockport County…
By Matty Paddock - 30/12/2018
Posted 12 months ago
Neil MacFarlane felt his side “threw their bodies on the line” in falling to a galling late defeat at Stockport on Saturday.
The Reds created plenty of chances at Edgeley Park but looked like having to make do with a point with the score goalless with just three minutes to go.
At that point, however, Stockport netted the game’s only goal to snatch the entirety of the spoils, leaving Harriers players and management deflated.
Speaking after the game, MacFarlane commended the performance of his players.
He was once again, however, left to rue the decision making in the final third that left them without a goal for the second successive game.
He reflected: “Defensively, when it was needed, they threw their bodies on the line, and that’s what you ask of your defenders.
“You could really see the application was incredible from the boys, [it is] just about the final moments.
“…they threw their bodies on the line.” Neil MacFarlane
“I’ve spoken to them again in there about when to make one more pass, or when the cross has to be better.
“Those key moments that were happening so fluently for us at the start of the season are not so now.
“But in terms of the attitude of the players, it was first class.”
MacFarlane also confirmed that James Baxendale was withdrawn at half-time through illness while at least two other players players were significantly impacted in the same way the second half despite continuing.
It’s hoped those suffering will recover in time for the New Year’s Day clash at Aggborough against Hereford, while Billy Daniels (knee) will remain out.