Russ: “We’re in a bit of a dog fight…”

More reaction from the dugout following Tuesday’s game…

Russ Penn [Pic: Ade Hosknis]

CARETAKER boss Russ Penn insists only hard work with help Harriers climb the National League North table in the wake of Tuesday’s draw with Gateshead.

The Reds took the lead through Ryan Johnson’s goal at Aggborough before being pegged back by the visitors.

It was an entertaining game, but one Harriers certainly went closer to winning in the final stages.

Reflecting on the night, Penn echoed those thoughts. He praised the way the team went about their task, lamenting only that they weren’t able to find the all-important winner.

He said: “We were the only team looking to win it in the second half. It was a bit open, but we were the team looking to score that elusive goal.

“We had two one-on-ones, but that’s just where we are at the moment – close but no cigar!

“They stuck to their guns to be fair, and the game plan worked. We started brightly and I thought our goal came with the run of play.

“…there was only one team going to win it.” Russ Penn

“[Gateshead] got back in the game… but I thought it was all us then, really. We looked comfortable in possession and solid, and there was only one team going to win it.”

Harriers host Boston at Aggborough this afternoon to wrap up a busy week of home games.

Admitting his desire to taste victory, Penn did admit that the team’s primary focus must be to strip back so much of what has dogged them down in recent months.

Hard work must be the driving force ahead of the game against the Pilgrims this afternoon, with Penn adding: “I want to win every game I play, but, with the position we’re in as a club and a team, we have to go back to basics.

“We need to build the foundations and starting blocks… slowly, from Saturday and tonight, you can see that. We just have to keep pushing forward.

“We’ve got to be realistic to where we are and we’re in a bit of a dog fight at the moment. To dig your way out of it, you’ve got to work hard, first and foremost.

“Hopefully we’ll have a decent crowd on Saturday that will get behind the lads, because we really need it.”

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