Matt Gardiner hailed both teams after watching Kidderminster Harriers edge into the Fourth Qualifying Round of the Emirates FA Cup with a fine 3-2 win at Lancaster City.
In what turned out to be a real ‘Cup tie’ affair, Harriers were both ahead and behind during the course of the afternoon before ending up as winners.
Andre Brown (2) and Tyrell Waite netted to seal a victory that owed much to a fine response after the half-time interval from Harriers.
Two-one down having been beaten by a sublime 35-yard effort from the hosts, there was work to be done.
And Gardiner was pleased with how the players went on to rise to the occasion.
“We knew it was going to be tough and we had Lancaster watched several times,” he explained at the final whistle.
“The gaffer and I came to watch them and they’re a very good team.
“We could see today that they caused problems and you can see why they score goals; I think they had won eight out of nine.
“We did not take them lightly and we gave them proper respect, and they pushed us all the way.
“We came in at 2-1 down and it was a great goal [from Lancaster], but in fairness they could have had a few more so we knew we had to change it up.
“But that’s where credit to the players comes in; things happen but the way they came back and saw the job through in the end was a credit to them.”