Russ itching for Gateshead tie

Caretaker boss Russ Penn on Southport, Gateshead and more…

Russ Penn

RUSS Penn says Tuesday’s game against Gateshead at Aggborough comes at the ideal time after Saturday’s set-back to Southport.

Harriers were left empty-handed after a hard-working display against the Soundgrounders, left to rue a switch-off in the second half that saw them concede the afternoon’s only goal.

The 1-0 defeat meant the Reds have to wait only until Tuesday to try and get back to winning ways, but the quick turnaround in matches is ideal for the caretaker boss.

He said: “All we can do is take the positives, because we’re looking to get the three points as quickly as possible against Gateshead.

“That’s great because, after a disappointing result, all you want is the next game three days away.”

Harriers had looked a good bet for a point against Southport prior to Devarn Green’s strike gave the visitors the victory.

The afternoon saw a tweak in formation for Harriers, and the debut of new goalkeeper Will Mannion who put in an assured performance.

On reflection, Penn admitted to feeling as though as draw would have been a slightly fairer reflection on the day, but accepted it was a familiar story in terms of how the game was lost.

All we can do is take the positives, because we’re looking to get the three points as quickly as possible…” Russ Penn

He went on to say: “To be honest I think a draw would have been a fair result – neither side looked promising in the final third.

“There were a few half chances here and there and we’ve switched off for their goal and that has cost us the game unfortunately.

“That happens time and time again, so it is not unlucky, it’s just not good enough.

“That’s the disappointing side of the game because I thought we worked hard against a decent, physical team – but that’s a must.

“Like I said, a draw would have been a fair result [between] two solid teams, but one mistake has cost us and we don’t seem to be on other end of those at the moment.”

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