Kidderminster Harriers were rewarded for their patience in their 3-0 win over Ebbsfleet United in the FA Trophy – that’s the view of Matt Gardiner after the game.

The impressive win over one of the top teams in the National League South was the ideal fight-back following the defeat by the same score at the hands of Salford City last time out.

Gardiner said he and boss John Eustace were pleased with that reaction, and the former was especially pleased with how the team approached the game.

“The gaffer asked for a reaction after last week and I think it was very important we started well,” he said at the final whistle.

“Ebbsfleet are a good team – we watched them at Woking and in games previous… so we knew we had to be patient and wait for our opportunities.

“The groundwork the boys put in during the first half stood us in good stead for the second, but the main thing was the reaction from the performance and result last week.

“[Ebbsfleet are] going really well in their league and the first goal was very important – it was encouraging to see the boys carry on and get the second and, eventually, kill the game off with the third.”


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