HARRIERS boss John Pemberton was quick to shoulder the responsibility after his side crashed out of this season's FA Cup.

Kidderminster lost 3-0 in Tuesday night's second qualifying round replay at Stafford Rangers.

Reds had to do without both forward Richard Peniket and midfielder Ed Williams after they picked up injuries in Saturday's 0-0 draw between the two sides.

They conceded twice during a poor first half showing and passed up the chance to get back in the tie when Ash Chambers missed a 72nd minute penalty.

Rangers wrapped up the win by netting from the spot in the final four minutes.

Pemberton said: "We weren't good enough first half and fair credit to Stafford they played well.

"They showed a lot of spirit and we couldn't quite get to grips with it first half. The second half was better but the damage had been done.

"It's a tough one to swallow and it's disappointing.

"I'm not making excuses, we weren't good enough. We played Stafford over two legs and we've gone out of the FA Cup.

"I have to take responsibility for that. We've got what we've got and we've organised them. We are a little bit short in one or two areas but it's no ones fault, it's my fault tonight becaude over the two legs we weren't good enough and the buck stops with me, it's as simple as that.

"The second half we had a go but the first half we have made two mistakes which has cost us the game. Obviously we've had a penalty at 2-1 but then the penalty they have kills us. We're just chasing the game in the end.

"Obviously I'm disappointed to go out the cup, I'm disappointed with the first half performance but I take responsibility for it."

Harriers will now look to bounce back by bagging back-to-back league wins when they head to Spennymoor Town this Saturday.

"We've got to recover properly and we've got to go again," he added.