More from the boss in the wake of Saturday’s shut-out in the Emirates FA Cup..
By Matty Paddock - 23/09/2019
Posted 3 weeks ago
MANAGER John Pemberton remained positive despite Saturday’s goalless FA Cup tie against a dogged, determined Stafford side, writes Elliot Ball.
The Reds will now travel to Marston Road on Tuesday night, with the hosts keen to record a first home win of the term, and a Cup upset to boot.
Pemberton applauded the defensive display the Boro on Saturday, but felt his side lacked the quality in the final third that would have set the sides apart.
He said: “I think we dominated the football match; I thought Stafford came here and defended really well because they had to.
“We absolutely dominated the match; we had 21 shots on goal and 30 crosses, but what we did lack was that bit of quality in the final third but it’s difficult when people camp in.
“We struggled when Peni went off, as we lost that threat in the air from a cross.
“…what we did lack was that bit of quality in the final third but it’s difficult when people camp in” John Pemberton
“I think they had one shot… so the lads are disappointed because we haven’t scored and won the game.”
Harriers were without the services of Ryan Johnson for the game. He missed for personal reasons but remained in the thoughts of those within the camp.
The boss added: “Before the game we had Johnno missing because he’s had a bereavement in the family which the lads took quite hard, but I think they all responded well.
“The football match is irrelevant for me really, it’s more about Johnno and his family. We’ll give them all the support they need; it just puts things into perspective.”