Whild: I can't fault players

Whild hails players after play-off dream ended

Whild hails players after play-off dream ended

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GARY Whild felt Harriers’ players could not have done any more after their quest for the Skrill Premier play-offs came to an end on Monday.

Kidderminster’s hopes of making the top five were dashed after Grimsby and Gateshead both won.

This afternoon’s 0-0 draw with Nuneaton at Aggborough, their final home game of the 2013-14 season, was academic as even a win would not have been enough to keep the club’s Football League aspirations alive.

Whild could not fault the players for their efforts during his 12 games in charge.

When he replaced Andy Thorne in March, Kidderminster had picked up just 11 points in 13 matches and looked in serious danger slipping into mid-table mediocrity.

But Whild immediately sorted out the defence and his side have picked up 21 points out of a possible 36 to take their top five aspirations going until the season’s penultimate game.

Kidderminster paid the price for two months of instability, which saw Steve Burr leave for unexplained reasons at the start of January, Thorne proving to be unpopular with the fans and chairman Mark Serrell blaming online abuse from supporters for his departure.

“In the 12 games we’ve been back I can’t fault the lads, to lose just one game is fantastic,” said the manager.

“It was just a bit too much to do playing catch up.

“I feel sorry for the supporters. They are probably disappointed and rightly so they probably have been cheated in some ways.

“We’ve given it our best shot since coming back in.”

Against Nuneaton, Harriers made a fine start but after they failed to capitalise the visitors battled back into the game.

The loss of top-scorer Michael Gash to a hamstring injury at the end of the first half hampered Harriers efforts.

“I thought he was doing well and playing well, he has scored three goals in three games,” said Whild.

“I think we lacked leadership in the second half which Michael gives you. He is clever and he is one of those who you miss when he’s not in the side.

“I thought we missed him and we tailed off in the second half.”

The club also held their end of season awards, with Lee Vaughan voted supporters’ player of the season, Josh Gowling away fans’ player and Gash junior Harriers’ man of the season.

The much missed Steve Millington, who died after a battle with cancer last year, was named clubman of the year.

Harriers end the season at Halifax Town on Saturday (5.30pm ko), who have already booked their place in the play-offs.

“We want to go to Halifax and end the season as best we can,” added Harriers’ boss.

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