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Harriers drift back to the bottom after our second defeat at Bristol in a month.
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Saturday 23rd October 2004 
Agogo again

Kidderminster Harriers fell back to the bottom of League Two following this second defeat at Bristol Rovers within a month.  Our last meeting was in the LDV Trophy on September 28th and we lost by a single goal then from Junior Agogo.  This time out he doubled his tally.

For us there was a debut for James Keene, from Portsmouth, and a return to the side for Chris McHale.  Iyseden Christie was on the bench, making yet another comeback, and Simon Brown was out of contention with a leg injury.

For Bristol, Craig Hinton was lining up against his old team.

The Rovers were the first to get near to opening the scoring when the one time Harriers transfer target, Richard Walker, saw his volley go just wide.  Young James Keene almost replied with a opening goal for us but just failed to get a touch on a cross from Ian Foster.

The opening goal of the game came in the 21st minute.  Walker bought down a long clearance from his goalkeeper, Kevin Miller, and then turned on the spot to put the ball into the path of Agogo.  He headed for goal and, with John Danby committed to coming out to narrow the angle, he swept past him to fire the ball into an unguarded net.

Some good defending from Craig Hinton stopped James Keene from having another shot on goal when he nipped in just in time to stop him shooting.  The ball went out for an unproductive corner.

With the half drawing to a close we had a free kick awarded but Miller easily saved Dean Keates 25yd effort.

By now John Danby was starting to suffer with a leg injury and was hobbling around his area.  Wayne Hatswell was taking his kicks for him and it looked likely that he would not be re-appearing for the second half.

Before the break Rovers had three more attempts on goal.  One a header from Walker and then a shot that was blocked by Danby and the other a shot come cross from Agogo that eventually reached Stuart Campbell but that was well stopped by Danby.

HT. 1 - 0

To most fans surprise Danby came back out for the the second period even though he was still in a lot of pain and he still couldn't take his own goal kicks.  With Daniel Lewis sat on the bench it makes you wonder if Jan Molby has any faith in him and would rather persevere with an injured player.  Considering we have a game at Chester on Tuesday night it would have made sense to bring Lewis on rather than aggravate an injury to our best player.

We had what was probably our best spell of the game at the start of the second half but for all our effort we still failed to really test the Rovers keeper.  Keene again came the closest with a low drive but Miller collected it without any over exertion on his part.

John dropped a cross from Paul Trollope and Agogo rushed in to put it away but couldn't quite force it home.  The same man saw another shot well saved just minutes later.

Rovers had now bought on Lee Thorpe in place of Richard Walker and he wasted no time in getting into action.  His first move of the game was to lob the ball over Danbys' head when it would have made more sense to just fire a shot in.  The ball went well wide of the upright.

In the 74th minute the game was up for us.  Agogo got his, and Rovers, second goal of the afternoon when he found himself unmarked and in acres of space.  Thorpe saw this too and left Abdou Sall for dead before squaring the ball for Agogo to score another easy goal.

Christie came on in place of Kelvin Langmead for the final twenty minutes but, apart from one chance that went begging when he fell over on the slippery pitch, he didn't have too much time to show us what he can do.

We had a couple of efforts from Keates and Jesper in reply to efforts from Agogo and Thorpe and Rovers had what they thought were two good penalty appeals waved away by the referee.

It wasn't a good day for us.  Coming after last Saturdays good win against Scunthorpe we all thought that better days were in front of us.

With the result for Shrewsbury not going our way we must use our game in hand at Chester to good effect.

It's yet another must win game.

FT. 2 - 0

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Bristol Rovers  subs   cards      Harriers  subs   cards 
Miller     Danby  
Hinton     Cooper  
Ryan     Sall  
Anderson     McHale  
Edwards     Hatswell
Lescott     Keates  
Campbell   Jenkins  
Hunt     Keene
Agogo     Langmead  
Trollope     Christiansen  
Walker     Foster  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Burns     Lewis  
Thorpe     Advice  
Forrester   Christie  
Disley     Russell  
Williams     McMahon  

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