Verdict from the dugout as Harriers see out a big win at Ashton…
By Matty Paddock - 27/02/2019
Posted 8 months ago
MARK Yates feels his players had “grown up” after seeing them shut out Ashton United to record a 1-0 win on Tuesday night.
Harriers defended manfully to keep a clean sheet amid some late pressure, the game eventually settled by Billy Daniels’ superb strike.
It was the perfect contrast to the 3-3 draw at Blyth Spartans that saw the team concede two goals late to drop two points against ten men.
Understandably, then, the boss was thrilled with how his team respoded within a matter of days.
“You know when you come to places like this, the ball is going to be put in your box,” he said speaking after the Ashton win.
“You’ve got to deal with it and I thought we deserved it today.
“The lads have grown up over the last couple of days, with a few harsh words and a bit of hard work on the training ground.
“You’ve got to deal with it and I thought we deserved it today…” Mark Yates
“We weren’t happy with Saturday but that was a totally different-minded back four today. You’ve got to start seeing danger and I don’t think we did that on Saturday.
“Tonight I thought we were excellent defensively.”
Harriers move on to their next challenge, hosting Nuneaton Borough at Aggborough on Saturday.
Borough are rock bottom and struggling financially, but Yates knows only too well that should fool nobody going into the weekend.
He added: “We have to make sure we approach Nuneaton in the same manner we did today.
“Just because they are where they are in the table, everyone will just expect that we’ll roll them over.
“Teams have proved in the last couple of seasons – that doesn’t always happen.”