COACH Matt Gardiner was pleased to get the reaction he and manager John Eustace wanted from the players as Harriers progressed in the FA Trophy at the expense of Ebbsfleet United.

Goals from Josh Ezewele, Tyrone Williams and Andre Brown handed Kidderminster a place in the third round.

The result came on the back of the previous weekend's disappointing league defeat at Salford City.

Gardiner said: "The gaffer asked for a reaction after last week and I think it was very important we started well.

"A few things could have been better in the first half but Ebbsfleet are a good side and we went to watch them at Woking and have watched them in games previously, so we knew we had to be patient.

"When any team gets players behind the ball you have to be patient and you have to wait for your opportunities. So that ground work the boys put in in the first half obviously stood us in good stead for the second, but the main thing was he performance and the reaction.

"You are going to expect a reaction (in the second half) so to absorb that and get the third goal, I'm really pleased for them. I think our game management was very good today and long may that continue."

On the goalscoring debut of full back Ezewele, who linked up on loan from Yeovil, Gardiner added: "He has come in and contributed to the group, meeting the lads and learning how we play, so to get a goal and contribute in that way is great, but we will be looking for other things from his as well."