NEIL MacFarlane says his Kidderminster players are working hard to learn from their setbacks this season.

The boss at Aggborough has praised the attitude of his troops in the wake of last Saturday's disappointing defeat to lowly FC United of Manchester.

Despite Reds sitting in second place in National League North, MacFarlane expects more difficult moments during a long campaign but believes his side will only get stronger as they fire back.

He said: "We have been building from day one and the attitude of the group is not something I have ever had to worry about.

"I'm realistic about where were are though and I'm fully aware there will be slip-ups and that we need to keep learning.

"We lost a lot of good players in the summer as well as the manager and management team, so we have recruited really well in the summer, which Colin (Gordon) can take a lot of credit for.

"It means we are still a new group but yet seven points better off than we were at this point last season.

"We have lost one game in the cup and one game at home and one away but there is so much more to come from the players.

"There is a lot more improvement in the group and it's something we'll keep working on.

"We are sometimes a little too attacking because we always go out to score goals. It's maybe about making sure we get the balance right at times.

"No one stands still and we will always react to these little setbacks."

Harriers took the lead against FC United thanks to Ed Williams’ fifth-minute strike. However, two deflected efforts from Jack Banister saw the visitors hit back to win 2-1 and lift themselves off the bottom of National League North.

On the game, MacFarlane said: “It’s a really disappointing result.

“It’s a game we have to win but I don’t think we did enough through the 90 minutes.

“It’s the first time we’ve lost at home, we don’t like losing any football matches and again it’s about responding through the course of the season."

Reds will be looking to bounce back to winning ways when they go to Guiseley this Saturday.

* AGGBOROUGH will host a clash between West Bromwich Albion under-23s and Aston Villa under-23s next week.

The derby game takes place next Monday night at 7pm. Admission is £5 for adults and under-16s.