JOSH Gowling never put a foot wrong after an uncharacteristic mistake led to the only goal of the game.
He said: “It’s a disappointing result and I’m disappointed with myself as the goal came from my clearance.
“We were solid but it doesn’t count for anything when you do that kind of thing. The ball kind of got stuck under my feet and I tried to recover but didn’t quite get there.
“That’s what happens when you play Premier League teams – you give them one chance and they score and that’s the difference. Now we have just got to pick ourselves up.”
The experienced defender was full of praise for a Harriers squad which worked its socks off to bridge the 79 league places between the clubs, amazingly keeping the result in doubt all the way to the end of the 90+5 minutes.
“As an all-round performance we were solid, resilient and organised and it was a big performance for us to come to a Premier League side and lose 1-0. It is a credit to the boys,” said the centre-back.
“We always knew if we got men behind the ball and kept our shape, they would find it difficult to break us down and to be honest we probably had some of the better chances in the game and we’re are probably disappointed not to come away with at least a draw.
“We spoke with the gaffer at half-time and we said that if we kept doing the fundamentals right then something would come and we did get a few half chances in the second half. But we had worked on our line training and we knew they would not break us down.”
Taking a broader view of the FA Cup run, Gowling added: It has been a great experience and fantastic for the club. The lads have been buzzing and it’s nice to have a break from the league sometimes, especially when things aren’t going as well as we would like.
“We have got some good young lads here and this is where they want to get to. It has been good for them to have a little taste of maybe what they have got to look forward to in the future.
“We have got to take heart from this. Maybe it wasn’t their full first team, but if you can come to a ground like this and only concede one goal, and if we can take that into our league games, Sthere is no reason why we can’t get promoted.”