KIDDERMINSTER boss John Pemberton has vowed his side will improve after a stuttering start to the new campaign.

Harriers conceded late on to draw 2-2 against Leamington when the season kicked off last Saturday and then suffered a disappointing 2-0 defeat at Telford on Tuesday night.

Pemberton has admitted the winless start has only highlighted his squad's vulnerabilities but insisted work will be done to improve things quickly, especially with a busy first month ahead.

Reds now head to Bradford Park Avenue this Saturday.

The manager said: "I thought the second half was weak. I thought it showed the frailties we've got and it highlighted the position where we are at the moment with regards to what we've got player wise and strength in depth.

"A 2-0 defeat is hard to stomach and I'll have to calm myself down a little bit because the second half performance wasn't good enough.

"We're quite inexperienced, we know that, but there is one or two players in there that I would expect more from. They know the league and they've played quite a few games and you want them to step up to the plate.

"The second goal killed us and we just never recovered from that. So we've got work to do but we'll definitely get better, I know we will.

"Some of them are just used to losing and it's difficult to get out of that mentality.

"I'm not going to dress it up, I know what the problems are, I know where we are.

"It's not going to be doom and gloom because we have work to do. We know that and we're just highlighting a few of the things where we are a little bit vulnerable and where we are a little bit short.

"We need to defend better as a team. That's the work that we need to do and we will do it and we will get better.

"The beauty of it at the moment is the games are coming thick and fast. We had a draw at the weekend and a defeat today and we want another game coming quickly.

"We will get better, I guarantee that."