Kidderminster Harriers: We can still go up, says boss Steve Burr

Kidderminster Harriers players celebrate James Vincent's opening goal at the Racecourse Ground

Kidderminster boss Steve Burr is urging his team to put the pain of Saturday's Aggborough experience behind them in their Blue Square Bet Premier play-off semi-final at Wrexham.

They missed out on automatic promotion despite beating Stockport 4-0 on a day marred by trouble-making away fans.

But, while awaiting repercussions off the field, Burr is focused on football.

"We've had to settle for second, but we can still go up through the play-offs," the Harriers boss told BBC Sport.

"We're disappointed that we haven't finished top of the pile. The football we've played deserved that."

Kidderminster's victory gave them 93 points for the season, but Matt Green's first-half penalty for Mansfield Town proved enough to beat Wrexham and send the Stags up as champions.

And although the Harriers now play a Wrexham side they have beaten twice already this season, most recently at the Racecourse Ground just a week and a half ago, Burr expects them to have a stronger 11 out for Tuesday's first leg than they did at Field Mill on Saturday.

"It isn't going to be the side they sent to Mansfield, that's for sure," he said.

"It's going to be tough. There's no tougher place to go than Wrexham.

"They have to do what they have to do. That's their choice and we respect that, but we'll just go there like we have done all season and try to win. We don't know any other way here.

"Tuesday night will be no different. We know what's ahead of us and what we've got to do it."

Burr is happy with the form his side showed in beating Stockport on Saturday.

"Naturally, there was a bit of anxiety - and you have to give Stockport a bit of credit," he added.

"They were fighting for their lives, but they closed us down and harried us.

"I couldn't see them maintaining that. That was the message at half-time. We stepped it up after half-time and to come about and get the goals like we did was terrific.

"They were two great goals from Anthony Malbon, it was nice to see Chey Dunkley get on the end of a set piece that we'd been working on all week and then sticking on Martin Devaney and seeing him score with his first touch was incredible.

"It puts us in good heart for Tuesday night with the type of form we're in at the minute."

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