|Penalty ends shambolic display.
This game was so poor I'm going to find it hard to write anything positive about it....let's have a think ! ! !...I'm still thinking ! ! !...I know...we had a penalty a few minutes from the end and Tony Bird put it away.
That was it.
Ok we had a few chances, Birdie had a free kick hit the bar and bounce off the line after five minutes.
Then again Torquay could have got five after our midfielders were continually caught napping.
It was one of those games where after the high of last Tuesday it was back down to earth for a run of the mill game.
So lets get back to the beginning.
Parfait found himself on the bench, punishment?, and Drewe Broughton was sat along side him.
Keeping his place in the team was Lee Ayres who, after deputising for Adie Smith in midweek, now replaced P M-O at the back and Stewart Hadley reclaiming his place after being pushed out by Drewe for the same game.
But Hadley's form of recent weeks was still there when he missed a free header from a glorious Shilton cross from only a couple of yards out.
Soon after Torquay almost went in front a shot from Graham spun around Brockie and looked destined to be a goal until Adie Smith rushed back to hook it off the line.
After that chances went begging for both sides along with the passes that were going astray from the Harriers.
It was a relief when the whistle blew for halftime.
It was obvious that Jan had the same thoughts when at the restart he made a triple substitution taking off Hadley, Davies and Foster to bring on Broughton, Bennett and Ducros.
The improvement was there for all to see, we looked far more menacing up front and the midfield looked more inventive.
Broughton's first chance came almost immediately when he put a 25yd shot just past the upright then minutes later he missed another chance to open after Ducros put him through but he stumbled and the chance was gone.
He came close again when his header from Ducros' free kick hit the junction of bar and upright and was cleared to safety.
Dean Bennett then had a left foot shot which the keeper could only push away towards Broughton.
Broughton hit it fiercely only for it to hit the keeper but as he hit the rebound at the keeper again the flag went up for offside.
Seven minutes from the end came the save of the match when Stuart Brock saved at the feet of a Torquay striker after Alex Russell was allowed to take his time in pushing it forward for him to run on.
That was a certain goal and if it had gone in would have been the end for us.
But luckily the linesman spotted an offence in the opposing box a few minutes later and the ref awarded a penalty.
Up stepped Tony Bird to hammer the ball into the bottom left hand corner to score our first penalty of the season.
After that Torquay applied the pressure in an effort to equalise and almost came close when they had what looked like a genuine claim for a penalty of their own turned down after a hand ball in the box.
In the end it was 3 points for us, eighth place in the league on 6 points and a good day all round as Cheltenham lost at home and dropped to 20th with only one point.
Harriers-Online Man of the Match is
He must read my messageboard because after I said he'd do more good concentrating on the ball and not the man that's just what he did and was much improved for it.
Brock, Smith, Hinton, Ayres, Stamps, Bird, Davies, Blake, Shilton, Foster, Hadley.
Subs; Medou-Otye, Broughton, Murphy, Ducros, Bennett.
Dearden, Woods, Woozley, Douglin, Tully, Brandon, Rees, A Russell, Hill, Graham, Roach.
Subs; Northmore, L Russell, Greyling, Williams, Parker.
Yellow. Harriers 1. Blake
Yellow. Torquay 2. Woozley, Tully
Red. Harriers 0.
Red. Torquay 0.
Referee;P Walton (Northants).
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