JANUARY 2001

  • 31/1/01...Jan angry at the ref again.
  • After last nights 4-0 defeat at Plymouth, Harriers worst deficit so far this season, Jan said that he was angry with the ref after some dubious decisions seemed to go against the Harriers.

    He said:
    "When you are not winning games, things go against you.

    The first goal was a diabolical one to concede. The referee has moved the free kick forward for kicking the ball away, but having said that we should still have stopped it.

    Macca's shot which hit the bar crossed the line but the Ref has missed that.
    Even the Plymouth players said it went a yard over the line!

    For the third goal the lad has miskicked his shot but has still had another chance to shoot and score, while the fourth one was the one tackle Mark Shail has got through all night.
    It was never a penalty in a million years.

    But Plymouth played very well.
    I thought at the start of the season they would be an excellent side and they proved that tonight."


    Plymouth manager Paul Sturrock said:
    "The match was very difficult for us as Kidderminster were the best team we have played so far.
    If they had scored from one of their chances it would have been a different game.

    But you could see confidence ousing through our team after the second goal."


    Jan complemented Plymouth when he said:
    "Plymouth are a team on the up and when that is the case everything goes for you."

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  • 29/1/01...Harriers off on a pilgrimage.
  • Harriers travel down to Plymouth tomorrow for the re-arranged game at Home Park hoping for the third time that it will be played.
    It has been called off twice already because of a waterlogged pitch.

    After last Saturdays much improved performance against Hull City the Harriers will be hoping to go one better and come back with all three points for the first time this year.

    If they do then it will be achieved without Parfait Medou-Otye who is still suffering with his hamstring injury, Ian Bogie (back) and Ian Foster (hamstring).

    Also on the sick list, but may play, are Scott Stamps, Paul Webb and Stewart Hadley.
    Stamper still with a hamstring problem and Webby who went off with an eye injury on Saturday after only being on as sub for a few minutes.

    Hadley has also been out with a hamstring problem but was in the squad to face Hull although he failed a fitness test.

    Mark Shail who missed the 2-2 draw with Hull through suspension is now available following the completion of his one match ban.

    I don't think there will be too many changes, if any, from Saturdays starting line up.
    They were so impressive that Jan would not dare to alter it too much.

    Harriers (from):
    Brock, Clarkson, Hinton, Smith, Doyle, Mackenzie, Ducros, Broughton, Durnin, Stamps, Hadley, Bennett, Horne, Clarke, Bird, Corbett, Davies.

    Plymouth (from):
    Sheffield, Worrell, Beswetherick, Wotton, Taylor, Phillips, O'Sullivan, Friio, McGlinchey, McGregor, Stonebridge, Guinan, Barlow, Adams, Wills, Gritton, Larrieu, McCarthy, Leadbitter, Fleming.

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  • 26/1/01...Tigers next in the arena
  • Brian Little brings his troubled Tigers to the Aggborough arena tomorrow and Harriers will hope that they go home licking their paws.

    Back in the Harriers line-up should be Scott Stamps and Stewart Hadley, both have been on the sidelines recently with hamstring trouble.
    Parfait Medou-Otye may also be available after picking up a slight hamstring injury during Tuesday night's 2-1 defeat against Mansfield.

    Definitely missing tomorrow will be Ian Foster (hamstring) and Ian Bogie (back injury).

    Mark Shail is serving a one match ban for picking up five bookings, but returning to the squad will be Dean Bennett who missed Tuesday's clash at Mansfield because of his one match ban.

    Jan Molby said:
    "If Parfait is fit he could possibly play centre half.
    We have also got Paul Webb who can play there and Adie Smith is a centre-half who has been playing in midfield.

    "Hull are going through an incredible sequence of not scoring, but they've obviously tried to do something about that by bringing in two strikers Kevin Francis, who's six foot seven so we'll have to be aware of him, and Rodney Rowe from Gillingham whose a lively striker that I've always liked.

    But it does look winnable for us.
    The game at Hull was one of very few chances, but I just hope we get back to winning ways."


    Hull are down to bare bones for this game.

    Jamaicans Theo Whitmore and Ian Goodison are away playing for their country.
    Out through injury are Greaves, Perry, Wood and Bradshaw.
    Greaves may recover in time to figure, but none of the other players will play any part.
    Swales is serving a suspension.

    Cities assistant boss Dave Moore is expecting a hard game.
    "Kiddie are a decent passing team who play good football.
    They are neat and tidy and are sure to present us with problems.

    We will be looking for a good performance to end our poor run and it's sure to be a good football match, because both sides like to play the game properly."


    Harriers (from):
    Brock, Clarkson, Hinton, Medou-Otye, Smith, Doyle, Mackenzie, Ducros, Broughton, Durnin, Stamps, Hadley, Bennett, Horne, Clarke, Bird, Corbett.

    Hull (from):
    Musslewhite; Edwards, Harper; Whitney, Whittle, Brightwell; Brabin, Greaves, Brown; Francis, Rowe, Bracey, Marcelle, Morley, Harris, Mann, Philpott, Burton.

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  • 25/1/01...Cardiff game now on a Sunday.
  • The long awaited game with Cardiff City that was originally scheduled for Saturday 24th February, will now be played on Sunday 25th February with a mid-day kick off (12.00).

    The match will also be all-ticket for both sets of fans.
    Tickets will not be on sale on the day of the game.

    Further details regarding ticket arrangements will be announced shortly.

    The game has been moved on the advice of the West Mercia Police.

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  • 25/1/01...Harriers announce heavy losses.
  • The Harriers have announced a record loss of 416,457 for the financial year ending on May 31st last year brings Harriers' losses to nearly 700,000 over the last two years.

    The figures come as little surprise to chairman Lionel Newton who predicts better financial results in the future.
    The losses, the previous year being 277,328, are mainly due to a higher wage bill and the settling of contracts for players who did not make the step up to the Football League.

    "I'm afraid this has been the price of success.
    Kidderminster wanted League Football, but there's been a price to pay"
    , said Mr Newton.

    "I cannot stress enough how important it is that local people come along and support us in 2001.
    We cannot run this Club in the Football League with Conference attendances.

    The local business community have really got behind us, purchasing hospitality, corporate sponsorship and advertising.
    Even though we've spent a lot of money improving Aggborough to meet Football League status, as long as the crowds keep coming, we do not expect as significant a loss in the current season.

    The figures aren't a surprise to me overall, I'm happy with the way the club is going."

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  • 22/1/01...Drewe Broughton confirmed as coming to Aggborough.
  • Harriers at last confirmed that Peterborough striker Drewe Broughton is coming to Aggborough on a month's loan with a view to a permanent 50,000 move here.

    After a string of 'will he, won't he's' he has finally agreed to come, obviously not wanted by Reading.

    Jan said:
    "I am 99 per cent certain he will be joining us.
    We agreed a deal with Peterborough eight days ago but Drewe was only being fair to himself in having a look at Reading.

    He will bring players into the game but more importantl, he works very hard for the team.

    Peterborough had agreed a fee with Yeovil, Rushden and Diamonds and Telford but when I read he wanted to stay in the League I knew we had a chance."


    And the club have finally!! confirmed that the game at Mansfield that was called off on Saturday has been re-arranged for tomorrow night (Tuesday 23rd 7.45).
    Even though it was common knowledge for everyone else.

    Still, better late than never.

    Broughton is expected to be making his debut in this game, partnering John Durnin up front.

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  • 21/1/01...Popey off to Wales.
  • Transfer listed Steve Pope may be on his way to join League of Wales side Aberyswyth.
    He is set to complete a permanent move after travelling to the Welsh west coast side for talks yesterday.

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  • 21/1/01...Harriers looking to move.
  • Chairman Lionel Green says that the Harriers may move to new ground within five years because of the growth in housing around Aggborough that is being planned for the near future.

    A site near Blakedown has been pencilled in for a new fully equipped stadium with a training ground alongside, but this will all depend on planning permission and local opposition.

    Housing developments are to take place on ground currently occupied by Kidderminster College, including the quarry car park presently used by fans on matchday's.
    And also on the cattle market next to the football stadium.

    Lionel Newton admits he has already held early talks with a developer interested in Aggborough and he said that any move would only be for the benefit of the club.

    "We want the best deal for Kidderminster Harriers.
    If it ever did happen, and even then we are talking three years away from planning approval, it would have to meet two criteria.

    Firstly, it would have to have the right facilities, and by that I mean a fully equipped stadium with a training ground alongside.
    And we would insist on a freehold.
    We would not go anywhere else where the ground was leasehold."


    But Newton said that talk of moving from Aggborough would not stop the development of the existing stadium.

    "We are committed to building a new stand but we are waiting until the end of the season before deciding exactly what will be done.

    Not because we feel our Football League place is in danger, far from it, but we want to see what crowds we will continue to get, what we can afford and what funds we will have."

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  • 20/1/01...Game called off.
  • Todays game at Mansfield has been called off.

    After the referee inspected the pitch at 10.00am he decided that the pitch was too frozen to allow the game to go ahead.

    It has been re-arranged for this Tuesday (23rd) weather permitting.

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  • 19/1/01...Harriers hope to put Stags at bay.
  • Pitch inspection allowing (Sat 11.00am) Harriers will travel to Mansfield tomorrow trying for the fourth time to gain their first double as members of the Football League.

    We won the Boxing Day clash 1-0 with John Durnin's first home goal for the Harriers, and it could have been more.
    Harriers were so much on top.

    Tomorrow should see a return for Scott Stamps after his hamstring injury but it is looking doubtful if ex Mansfield striker, Stewart Hadley (hamstring) will be available to play against his old club.

    Maybe's are Ian Foster and Ian Bogie who are both recovering from injury.

    Dean Bennett will be suspended for this game.

    Harriers (from);
    Brock, Clarkson, Stamps, Hinton, Shail, Medou-Otye, Horne, Smith, Mackenzie, Ducros, Durnin, Corbett, Bogie, Foster, Doyle, Clarke, Webb, Bird, Bennett, Davies.

    Mansfield (from);
    Mimms, Robinson, Hicks, Barrett, Pemberton, Williams, Hassell, Blake, Clarke, Bradley, Greenacre, Boulding, Pilkington, Disley, Asher, Corden.

    Referee; M Jones.

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  • 18/1/01...Cardiff game may be re-arranged.
  • The long awaited game at home against Cardiff City, that was due to be played on Saturday 24th February, may be changed to another day.

    The West Mercia Police have said that they would prefer the game to be played on Sunday 25th but Cardiff City have objected to this due to the fact the Worthington Cup Final is to be played at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium that afternoon.

    The Harriers, Cardiff City, the Football League and the Police are now looking at other options.

    The club will announce more details once they are confirmed.

    And the time for Harriers match Exeter City on Saturday 24th March has now been changed to a midday kick off to avoid clashing with England's World Cup game with Finland that afternoon.

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  • 17/1/01...Cut price Bennett.
  • Jan Molby has said that he will be happy with getting back the 30,000 the club paid for Dean Bennett in January 1999.
    Dean joined the club when ex Harriers manager Graham Allner signed him from Bromsgrove in a joint deal with Stuart Payne.

    "We are looking around that region," said Molby.
    "I know people sometimes get carried away with figures, although there is no fixed price on his head. But we certainly don't want to be losing any money on him."

    Deano has not found it easy to step up from part time Conference football to full time League football.

    Jan said:
    "I had a good chat to him and I think he'll be the first to know that maybe he hasn't done as much as he should have done.
    We had a talk with him early in the season on a number of things we felt he needed to improve on. He's got ability and natural fitness, but there's a lot of things in his game he needs to work on and that's the only way you are going to improve.

    Going with the flow isn't going to help and he's certainly one of those who needs to do extra training to improve those things."


    When asked about the reasons for Paul Webb being on the transfer list Jan said:

    "It's been an interrupted six months he's had due to injuries, but I've had a look at him and I thought there's no real suggestion that the next 18 months will be any different.

    I still think he'll be picking up injuries from time to time.
    It's a very late stage of his career to go full-time and I think because of that with the extra work load he will always pick up injuries.

    He's another one who has been in to see me and he wants to stay and fight for his place."


    After the disappointment of losing out on signing Drewe Broughton from Peterborough Jan has now turned his attention to a fellow countryman of Frenchman Parfait Medou-Otye.

    Frederic Bonniface is here on trial at Aggborough and is staying with Parfait.

    He is playing with Scottish club Clyde at the moment but is not settling down there.
    He began his footballing career at Olympic Paris.

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  • 17/1/01...Brockie wins awards.
  • Stuart Brock, Harriers first choice keeper has been given the 'Nationwide Save of the Month' award for December by Sky Sports' 'Nationwide Goals Extra' programme following his double save in the 0-0 draw against Hull City on December 23rd.

    Stuart will be presented with a magnum of Champagne at the Nationwide Building Society, Vicar Street, Kidderminster this Friday, the 19th, at 2.00pm.

    To add to Brockies double save he has also been given a double award after finishing second in 'Match' magazine's 'Matchman of the Month' to Hartlepool's Craig Midgley.

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  • 16/1/01...Broughton going to Reading.
  • It looks almost certain now that Jan's intended signing of Peterborough striker, Drewe Broughton, has bitten the dust after the player in question has said that he wants to sign for fellow 2nd div side Reading.

    Reading are currently taking a look at Broughton for a short trial period.
    But the 22yr old front man who was called back from a loan spell with Stevenage last week, will be called back at Peterborough for Saturday's visit of Luton Town if their present injury problems persist.

    As well as the Harriers; Stevenage, Rushden and Yeovil Town have all been trying to sign Broughton but Barry Fry has said that the player is now at Reading.

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  • 15/1/01...Jan to sign Posh striker?
  • Jan Molby may be about to sign Drewe Broughton from 2nd Div Peterborough.

    News from East Anglia suggests that the legendary Barry Fry has accepted a loan + payment deal for the 22yr old striker.

    6'3 Broughton has been on loan to Dag and Red and also Stevenage in recent weeks.
    He has knocked in a total of 9 goals for both clubs.

    The deal with the Harriers will be initially a 1 month loan and then 50,000 if he stays.

    Orient, Yeovil, Rushden and Telford are also thought to be interested in Broughton.

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  • 15/1/01...Molby angry with referee, again.
  • Jan Molby has slammed Saturdays referee, David Pugh of The Wirral, after turning down two penalty appeals in the defeat by Brighton.

    And he also criticised Harriers keeper Stuart Brock after letting Adie Smiths back header go over his head.

    The referee ignored the first penalty appeal after Cullip had tripped Ian Foster in the first half and then in the second the same player pushed John Durnin to the floor but again the ref ignored the protests.

    He then gave Brighton a penalty after Craig Hinton appeared to hold back Bobby Zamora by putting his hand on his shoulder.

    Zamora dropped like a stone and the ref immediately pointed to the spot.

    Molby said:

    "Zamora went to ground very early, got what he looked for and there isn't a lot we can do about it.

    The referee will now get in his car, drive home and nothing will ever be heard or seen of his performance.
    That is unfortunate, whereas we as players and managers have got to answer to the Press and also to the directors in the board-room.

    But that's the way football is."


    Jan Molby also blamed Stuart Brock for Brighton's first goal.

    "Ninety nine per cent of people inside the ground, including women and kids, would have saved it.
    Smith has just got his head to a clearance, but I think the keeper should have kept it out, there's no doubt in my mind."


    Jan also criticised the teams performance after their third successive defeat.

    "We started OK but as I said in the week, we would have to perform to our maximum if we were to get anything out of this game.
    But we haven't performed at all.
    None of our three strikers we played at various times in the game excelled.

    That's three games we have had in the new year and we have only got one point.
    When you are not winning it gets to the players and confidence has taken a knock.

    We didn't create a lot either."

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  • 12/1/01...Will this be the first double ?
  • Again the Harriers will try to gain their first double in the football league when they entertain second placed Brighton (City?) tomorrow at Aggborough.

    Harriers won 2-0 at Brighton on August Bank Holiday with goals from Ian Foster and Dean Bennett.
    Foster is definitely out of tomorrows game but Bennett may be included in the squad even after being placed on the transfer list earlier this week.

    Also missing tomorrow will be Stewart Hadley and Scott Stamps (hamstrings), Adie Smith is doubtful after picking up a knee injury.
    Andy Ducros and Craig Hinton should play after both receiving knocks during the week.

    Jan Molby says that Brighton will be looking to avenge the early season defeat.

    "I know they will be looking to avenge the defeat we inflicted on them in August at their place and since that game they have gone from strength to strength.
    They are a good side, have strength in depth and a sizeable support, I would be very surprised if they don't achieve automatic promotion this season."


    Brighton also have a few injuries but leading scorer Bobby Zamora is expected to play after shaking off the remnants of a flu like virus.

    And Matthew Wicks who was expected to miss the trip to Aggborough after picking up a calf injury has made a swift recovery and will go straight back into the heart of the Albion defence alongside Danny Cullip.

    Harriers (from);
    Brock, Clarkson, Hinton, Shail, Medou-Otye, Horne, Smith, Mackenzie, Ducros, Durnin, Corbett, Bogie, Clarke, Webb, Bird, Bennett, Davies.

    Brighton (from);
    Kuipers, Watson, Mayo, Cullip, Crosby, Rogers, Oatway, Hart, Carpenter, Zamora, Brooker, Cartwright, Virgo, Wicks, Johnson, Jones, Ramsay, Freeman.

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  • 12/1/01...He who Daires, wins.
  • Jan Molby finally signed his long time target, Daire Doyle, from Premiership side, Coventry City, today.

    Jan wanted to sign him earlier in the season after an impressive trial when he scored a hat trick.
    The stumbling block was that Doyle wanted to stay at City and break into the first team but has now realised that the chance would never come.

    Here are some details about Doyle given to me by Ben Nunn of the City website 'Sky Blue Superplex'.

    Irish.
    Winger/playmaker.
    Joined us as a teenager from Home Farm.
    Never played for the first team, or even come close.
    Only made a handful of reserve appearances in fact due to injuries.

    DATE OF BIRTH: 18/10/80
    DATE SIGNED: 1998
    SIGNED FROM: Cherry Orchard for (nominal fee)
    HEIGHT: 5'10"
    WEIGHT: 11 06
    COUNTRY: Republic of Ireland

    Doyle has joined the Reds until, at least, the end of the season on a free transfer.

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  • 11/1/01...Molby swings his axe.
  • As expected after the recent criticism, by Jan, of some players not playing to their true ability, and the lack of a cutting edge as seen against Bury, Halifax, Torquay and Mansfield in recent weeks he has finally played his cards and slapped seven of the squad on the transfer list.

    They are as follows:

    1. Tim Clarke
    2. Paul Webb
    3. Barry Horne
    4. Ian Bogie
    5. Tony Bird
    6. Steve Pope
    7. Dean Bennett

    These names have been circulated to 2nd, 3rd and Conference clubs as free transfers except Dean Bennett who has an undisclosed price on his head.

    Jan's intention could be to give them a kick up the backside and make them want to play to their potential, although it has been made plain by the board that the club must start cutting the wage bill.

    The first to leave will almost certainly be Steve Pope who has been on long term loan to Dr. Martens Premier side Moor Green for the past three months.

    One player who is definitely staying though is Craig Hinton who has finally signed a new contract for three and a half years.

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  • 10/1/01...Stamper out for LDV game at Bury.
  • Scott Stamps is the latest player to fall victim to hamstring problems, he will miss tonights LDV Trophy 2nd rd game at Second Division Bury.
    Also out with the same injury will be Ian Foster and Stewart Hadley but there should be a return for Paul Webb after his groin strain.

    So basically it will be the same team that turned up for the 3-2 defeat against Halifax on Saturday.
    Harriers (from):
    Brock, Medou-Otye, Shail, Hinton, Ducros, Smith, Horne, Mackenzie, Bennett, Durnin, Webb, Clarke, Clarkson, Bogie, Bird, Corbett, Davies.

    Jan shall probably play his strongest team possible tonight after saying that we would like to make progress in this competition.

    "We've got the ability in our team and if we get it right on the night we'll cause problems."

    But Jan thinks that it will be a dificult task at Bury's Gigg Lane ground.

    "We'd have had a really good chance if it had been at Aggborough.
    Bury are normally a very strong home team and a big, physical side, so that will be difficult.

    But it's nice to get away from league action because we have an awful lot of league games coming up what with all the re-arranged ones.
    So it's nice to try something else and we would like to progress in the competition."

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  • 5/1/01...Team news for Halifax.
  • Both Ian Foster and Stewart Hadley will miss the trip to Yorkshire tomorrow when the Harriers play ex Conference colleagues Halifax.

    Foster is still suffering with his hamstring problems and may be facing more surgery in an effort to cure the problem and Hadley picked up his hamstring injury prior to the New Years Day game at Torquay.

    The good news in the Aggborough camp is that there should be a return for Ian Bogie after his back problems seem to have cleared up.

    Dean Bennett will drop back into midfield following his disappointing showing against Torquay when he was paired with John Durnin.
    This could mean a place for either Tony Bird or Andy Corbett.

    Harriers beat Halifax 2-1 earlier in the season with two goals from Stewart Hadley and will be hoping for their first double after missing their chance against Torquay last week.

    Jan Molby said:
    "It was a really good opportunity for us at Torquay to have got our first `double'.
    We should have won, but I think Halifax will be difficult for us."

    "They have tightened up defensively since Paul Bracewell has gone there as manager.
    They have got themselves out of the trouble they were in at the bottom of the league and I think they will climb the table."


    "We will go there in good spirits, though, and we are unbeaten in our last five league games with three wins and two draws."

    Harriers (from):
    Brock, Medou-Otye, Shail, Hinton, Stamps, Ducros, Smith, Horne, Mackenzie, Bennett, Durnin, Webb, Clarke, Clarkson, Bogie, Bird, Corbett.

    Halifax (from):
    Butler, Wainwright, Murphy, Hawe, C.Clarke, Mitchell, Stoneman, Middleton, Thompson, Kerrigan, Jones, Shannon, M.Clarke, Rezai, Painter, Richards.
    Referee: M Ryan (Preston).

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  • 4/1/01...New dates for postponed games.
  • The re-scheduled dates for the weather hit games against Shrewsbury and Scunthorpe have been announced.

    The match at Gay Meadow, Shrewsbury, that was originally called off because of flooding has been has been pencilled in for Tuesday 6th February (7.45pm).

    And the game at Aggborough against Scunthorpe that was called off by the referee because of a frozen pitch, although all the snow had been cleared away, has been re-booked for Tuesday 13th March (7.45pm).

    Harriers supporters who have purchased tickets for both these games are advised that these are still valid.
    The Shrewsbury game being all ticket for Harriers supporters.

    For the game against Brighton on Saturday 13th January the club have informed Brighton that it will be admission by ticket only for their fans, with tickets only available from the Brighton ticket office.

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  • 2/1/01...Jan says it was charity.
  • Jan was fuming that the team had thrown away two points down at blustery Torquay.

    "The players should donate their wages to charity," said the Harriers boss. "It was a very poor performance.
    We had nothing for the first hour.
    You may say that our defenders did well, but there was nothing for them to do.

    And we had three chances to have stopped Torquay's equaliser.
    I thought it was a poor game, especially in the first-half."

    "I am disappointed because with the ability we have got in our players we should have won.
    There has to be more desire and more people have to take responsibility.

    At no stage of the game did we put anything together, half of the players didn't really look as though they wanted to be here."

    "It raises the question again of whether too many of them feel comfortable playing at home but haven't got what it takes when we play away.
    If that's the case then it's disappointing.
    We should have won here."


    But Jan was very pleased with the goal.

    "It was a good goal, a deep cross in, Adie Smith has done well to head it back to John Durnin and if he gets in those positions you know he is going to score.
    He's done well, I thought he was our best player on the pitch by a long way."

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