KIDDERMINSTER boss John Eustace was pleased with how his players shrugged off their late collapse against Salford to pick up a vital victory at Alfreton.

Harriers let a four-goal lead slip in a crazy final 10 minutes to draw with the league leaders last Saturday.

Goals from Mani Sonupe, Joe Ironside, Lee Vaughan and Dan Bradley had put Harriers well in control at Aggborough before the visitors fought back to stun the hosts.

However, the Reds didn't dwell on the set-back and bagged an important 2-0 away win at Alfreton Town on Tuesday night as they continue to battle to consolidate a National League North play-off place.

Second half goals from Joe Ironside and Dan Bradley secured a vital three points to lift them into fourth place with just eight games remaining.

Eustace, who is currently serving a three-game FA stadium ban following a melee between the management teams at Chorley in January, said: "We were magnificent against Salford and took away so many positives from the game.

"The lads just continued that performance on Tuesday night.

"Of course they were disappointed after the game but there was no problem because the performance was so good.

"Every time these lads have been questioned they have answered. They are a young group but are doing great.

"We've lost games when playing well this season but the performance on Tuesday was a professional one and we now look ahead to another tough game on Friday."

The boss will serve his final suspension when Harriers go to Boston this Friday but will be back on the Aggborough touchline for Bank Holiday Monday's visit of Brackley Town (3pm kick-off).

Ironside's strike at Alfreton was his 20th of the campaign. It is a milestone that pleased his manager, who added: "It's a fantastic achievement for Joe and you can see he's getting better and better since he's been with us.

"He's our main man up front and takes a lot of stick up there but he's shown how important he is to us."