Boss reflects on Villa work-out

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Kidderminster Harriers manager John Pemberton. [PA Images]

JOHN Pemberton isn’t getting carried away with his team’s pre-season win over Aston Villa, but says thee were plenty of positives to take.

Ashley Chambers and Ed Williams were among the scorers in a 3-1 win for Harriers over a Villa XI at Aggborough.

It was a useful night for the Reds, who fielded 11 of their own Academy players or graduates throughout the night.

All in all, the gaffer with pleased with what he saw. With pre-season just over a week old, however, he isn’t about to go over the top with excitement.

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He told the club’s YouTube channel: “The game was built into the pre-season training programme so we were ready for our first minutes of real football.

“I’m pleased with we’ve done; although we’ve still got a lot of work to do, we looked fit and we looked quite sharp.

“We’re trying to change slightly the way we play, and trying to change some of the principles of the team but the main thing is changing the players’ attitudes.

“…although we’ve still got a lot of work to do, we looked fit and we looked quite sharp…”  John Pemberton

“[We want] a little bit more of a desire to want the ball, get on the ball and attack the goal.

“I thought we did that alright, certainly in the first half – I was quite pleased with the first half but I was definitely pleased with all the young ones in the second half.

“I thought they were excellent when they went on.

“I don’t want to get carried away because we’re only seven days into a pre-season programme and we’ve got a lot of work to do.”

Harriers are next in action against Bristol Rovers at Aggborough on Saturday, kick off 3pm.

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