GUISELEY’S joint-manager Russ O’Neill was left frustrated by his side’s 2-1 home defeat against Kidderminster on Tuesday evening, saying that everything was in their favour going into the second half.

The Lions were 1-0 up at half-time in the Vanarama National League North clash thanks to a Kaine Felix strike, and had the wind behind them after the break.

But they failed to capitalise on the advantage that the elements gave them, with Ashley Chambers making the most of some indecisive defending to equalise before Samuel Austin curled home a fabulous 64th minute winner for the Harriers.

Speaking after the match, O’Neill said: “Under difficult circumstances for both teams, I think we did well to get a game until the end.

“I think Kidderminster looked a good slick team. They created a lot of chances in the first half but we came in a goal up.

“Am I disappointed to get beat by a full-time team who I think are in a false position (16th)? No, that’s not what I’m disappointed about.

“The thing I’m disappointed about is that we’ve come in at half-time 1-0 ahead, and gone out second half with the wind at our backs and everything in our favour, and we’ve not managed to get a result.

“We’ve got to learn to start winning a bit more ugly and until we do that and keep clean sheets, we won’t turn these results round.”

Prolific striker Aaron Martin was missing through injury, and O'Neill admitted that his absence had an effect, as Guiseley toiled up front.

He said: “We thought when we lost Azza (Martin) earlier on in the season, as much as we've got a lot of pace with Lee Shaw and Kaine Felix, we were just missing that presence.

“Hamza Bencherif (the defender took Martin's place against Kidderminster) has played up front the odd time in training and done well, as well as when we've chucked caution to the wind in the last few minutes of games.

“I've seen him play against us for Lincoln City really high up the pitch and he's a handful. But things just didn't break for him today and it didn't work out.”

Despite picking up only one point in their last four league games, and a tough trip to Hereford up next on December 21, O’Neill said there was no reason to panic just yet.

He insisted that Guiseley are doing okay, given that he feels that they are already disadvantaged off the pitch.

He explained: “We need to be realistic about where we are. There’s a lot of full-time teams in this division and a lot that are what’s called high-bred now, where they train a couple of mornings and a couple of evenings a week.

“We’ve got to bridge that gap. We’ve lost back to back home games to Brackley, who are expected to do really well, and a full-time team in Kidderminster.

“So we need to take stock and really see where we are. We’re all massively disappointed and gutted that we’ve not got something out of this game and we all want to be three, four, or five points further on than what we are.

“But we’ll go into the weekend, try and get a few players back fit, then make that trip down to Hereford and see if we can bring something back.”