HARRIERS chairman and temporary manager Colin Gordon said he was “embarrassed” as his side failed to stick to their principles against Boston.

Kidderminster lost 2-1 at Aggborough as an early Max Wright strike and a disputed Boston penalty from Ben Davies bookended Joe Ironside’s equaliser.

Harriers never recovered in the second half and a disappointing afternoon was capped when substitute Kane Richards saw red in added time after confronting referee James Bell when seeing a penalty shout waved away by the official.

The game was Gordon’s second in charge since he replaced Neil MacFarlane in the dugout after the manager left the club last Monday.

Gordon is still searching for his first points but it was the manner of the defeat that disappointed him most.

He said: “I’m really disappointed and embarrassed that we came away from what we were and didn’t move the ball, didn’t pass the ball in our way and we became a direct team. Hopefully the ones on the sidelines screaming for us to get it forward can recognise now that doesn’t suit us whatsoever.

“We’re a passing team and we have to create opportunities and move the ball.

“At times you need to play beyond the press but we need to do it with a little more intelligence and then establish a foothold in games.

“There are too many times where we’re going early in games 1-0 down and it affects confidence. As you could see, it drained out of Declan (Weeks) today, who’s normally our most confident player.

“We played straight into their hands and played them at their game, which is stupid. It’s not the players’ fault, they get so caught up because they’re all so desperate to want to do well for the supporters and for themselves.

“We’ve got Joe (Ironside) back and it’s the easiest thing in the world to just launch the ball at Joe but we’re not very good at doing that because we’re not very good at actually understanding where the ball might drop. They’re great at it, we’re not.

“So we need to be playing through midfield, playing through our full-backs, playing into our wide players, interchanging the forwards, being brave enough to take the ball off the goalkeeper and play through the lines.

“That was an unrecognisable Kidderminster Harriers today and I’m hoping that it’s a watershed moment for everybody.

“That’s the same rubbish that I watched at the end of the National League season when I first took over and I didn’t want to watch it, didn’t want to see it and didn’t want to believe in it, and I don’t believe in it now. We have to do and be what we are.

“I’m telling you now, categorically, we will not play that way again. It’s not fair to the talent that we’ve got.”