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Vs swansea city 
Harriers disappoint again

For the second game in a row the Harriers dropped home points to relegation threatened clubs and also recorded a 2-2 result.  The difference between Tuesday's result and today's was that on Tuesday we did look capable of getting all three points on offer.

Danny Williams Then, after a bad start, we seemed to come alive and the team gelled as one working unit.  Today that had all gone and we were left with a team that, again, couldn't pass, couldn't defend and couldn't compete.

It all started so promisingly with a marvelous unintentional goal from Sam Shilton.  Danny Williams' pass found him out on the left in acres of space, he then curled over a cross that deceived both Drewe Broughton and the keeper then rebounded in off the far post for his fifth goal of the season.

Minutes later he was in with a chance again when he drove the ball off target from 20yds out.

Swansea missed a good chance to equalise on 17 minutes when the on loan Brad Maylett pulled back the ball from the byeline for top scorer James Thomas but he blazed over the bar from 15yds.

Swansea levelled minutes later when a tragic mistake from Fraser Digby allowed a long range effort from Roberto Martinez to spill off his chest and fall kindly for the on rushing Lenny Johnrose to tap into the empty net.

The Harriers were forced into taking off Wes Morgan on 25 minutes giving Scott Stamps his first appearance since November after a groin operation.  Stamper went to left back and Adie Smith went to the other side taking Craig Hinton with him.  Thankfully, because Craig was looking to be a liability on the left side of the pitch.

Harriers went back in front on 32 minutes with Adie Smith's first goal of the season.  A corner from Shilton met the head of Adie but Neil Cutler, in goal for the Swans, could only half stop it and the Harriers defender made sure by stabbing the ball home from 3yds out.

Three minutes later though Swansea were level again when skipper Martinez curled home an excellent free kick that went just inside the post that Diggers would have had no chance of reaching.

By now the Swansea fans were in such good voice you would have thought they had won the game already.

The half hadn't been too good for us.  With the glut of goals and the fact that we had taken the lead twice you would have thought that our play would have reflected that but no.  Basically, we were crap!

HT. 2 - 2

The hopes for the second half were that we would be repeating the second half performance that we staged against Shrewsbury and absolutely rip Swansea apart.  We just didn't know how to go about it this time and apart from the odd flash of invention Swansea were never in danger of losing the game.

Adie Smith The Harriers had the first opportunity of the second half when Cutler did well to deny Adie Smith from close range as the ball bounced around the box.  In fact, looking back, I don't recall Cutler making one single save from an on target shot from any Harriers player throughout the game.

The diminutive Swansea midfielder Leon Britton, on loan from West Ham, did fire one shot on target but Digby saved easily at the foot of the post on 56 minutes.

To great ovation Bo Henriksen came on for a jaded looking Broughton two minutes later but Bo didn't look too sharp either.  He did get himself booked later in the game for a tackle on a Swans defender that was worse than it looked.  The injured party left the pitch soon after.

Scott Stamps was also booked for a stupid handball just before Ian Foster came on for the, also under par, Andy Bishop.

The game fizzled out without any addition to the scoreline and unless we dramatically improve our home form we won't be sampling the delights of the 2nd Division this year.

The only bright spot is our away form and with trips to Lincoln and Macclesfield coming up we may make it.  Just don't hold your breath.

FT. 2 - 2

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Man of the Match is : 
Danny Williams

This was a hard choice and I'm still not convinced after such a poor showing by all of the team.

Best for them:  The magnificent Swansea fans.  Sang non-stop throughout and, unlike our lot, don't need to resort to songs riddled with swear words to raise their team.

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Harriers  subs   cards      Swansea City  subs   cards 
Digby     Cutler  
Morgan     Jenkins  
Scott     O'Leary  
Williams   Tate  
Hinton     Hylton  
Smith     Britton  
Melligan     Martinez  
Flynn     Johnrose  
Broughton     Thomas  
Bishop     Nugent  
Shilton     Maylett  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Brock     Phillips  
Henriksen   Mumford  
Foster     Howard  
Parrish     Williams  
Stamps   Watkin  

Mr U Rennie

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