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Harriers get first win of 2004 with second half goals from Fozzie & Jesper.
By the end of the game City were a sorry mess.
 harriers-online match report
Saturday 21st February 2004 
Slaughter of the Swans

At last the Harriers faithful went home from Aggborough with something to celebrate after this second half crushing of a Swansea team that had come to re-ignite their own challenge on the play-offs.  After these three precious points we now sit in 20th place in the League and three points above the relegation spots.

It had all started so worryingly though with a first half display that was quite frankly abysmal.  We put plenty of pressure on Swansea but again some of our passing and off the ball positioning was, at times, schoolboy quality.

There was another start for Scott Rickards and Ian Foster with Wayne Hatswell returning to the team after missing last weeks game at Southend through suspension.  Abdou Sall dropped to the bench.

It was Swansea who had looked the more likely to score after coming close through Britton, Martinez and Robinson with out really testing Stuart Brock in the Harriers goal.  Brockie, by the way, was playing with a broken bone in his foot that he had received at Southend.

Swansea did have a good case for a penalty half way through the half when Craig Hinton blatantly pushed a Swansea player in the back for reasons known only to himself.  Luckily for him neither of the officials or the City fans seemed to have seen it.

Apart from that abberation, along with a booking for another offence, Craig was making a good job of keeping the Trundle quiet and the feared striker wasn't getting a look in.

HT. 0 - 0

The second half was an entirely different story with the Harriers taking the game to the Swans and with it our passing improved.  Apart from a wild pass from Gadsby in the first minute of the half that put our defence under pressure it was a throw back to the FA Cup game against Wolves.

Scott Rickards was the first to come close to opening the scoring when he found himself just a fraction from connecting with a Dean Keates cross.  The scorer of the opening goal was the next to test Roger Freestone in goal for the Swans when Ian Fosters shot had him scrabbling down to smother it.

By now we had taken control of the game and when Wayne Hatswell's bullet header only just skimmed the bar we knew that our luck at last seemed to be on the turn and turn it did just seconds later.

A pass from Adam Murray seemed to be going nowhere but to the keeper.  With the ball seemingly under control, and Byrne standing guard, Ian Foster came storming in and, looking up, the keeper saw him and then dropped the ball.  Foster flicked it under his body but as he went round him Byrne kicked Fozzie and sent him to the ground.  Fozzie, not one to miss a chance, quickly regained his composure and prodded the ball into the empty net.

That was our first goal for 374 minutes and was about to end a run of eight league games without success.

The Harriers went on an all out assault on the City goal then and Adam Murray went close to scoring with a shot from outside the area that only just went over.  It was the same player who saw Scott Rickards out wide and played the ball out to the nippy youngster.  Scott then sent in a gorgeous ball and this time surely Jesper wouldn't make a mistake.

No!  his header was both powerful and direct and left Freestone for dead as the ball nestled in the back of the net for his first ever goal for us.

There could have been a further goal soon after when Adam Murray saw Freestone off his line and sent in a delightful dropping shot that only just went onto the wrong side of the bar.

By then the heart had gone out of the Swansea team and their fans with fruitless substitutions and the away fans streaming out to make their disappointing journey back home to the valley's.

This was a great win for us and gives us back that bit of confidence that had been missing since the Wolves games.  With a tough game to look forward to at Doncaster this Friday we'll need all the confidence that we can muster.

FT. 2 - 0

The Harriers-Online
Man of the Match is : 
Craig Hinton

Destroyed the threat from Trundle to make him look a second rate player.

Best for them:  Andy Harrison.  Had a good first half but he did fade like the rest of his team mates in the second half.

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Harriers  subs   cards      Swansea  subs   cards 
Brock     Freestone  
Gadsby     Byrne  
Stamps   S Jones  
Keates     Martinez  
Hinton     Tate  
Hatswell     Hylton  
Bennett     Britton  
Murray     Robinson  
Christiansen     Nugent  
Foster     Trundle  
Rickards     Maylett  
SUBS:       SUBS:    
Danby     Murphy  
Sall     Coates  
Henriksen     Corbisiero  
Parrish     Pritchard  
J Williams     Howard  

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