HARRIERS boss John Eustace wants a reaction from his players following their FA Cup exit.

Kidderminster lost 4-2 at AFC Fylde last Saturday to bow out of the competition against familiar opponents.

The Reds will look back at a crucial spell at the start of the second half when the game got away from them.

Leading at the break, last season's National League North winners soon found themselves 3-0 up after a frantic start to the second half.

Joel Taylor and a close-range finish from Andre Brown followed a fourth Fylde goal but proved nothing more than consolations for the visitors.

Eustace insists the cup defeat will be another learning curve for his side but called for a backlash when Darlington visit Aggborough this Saturday as attention quickly returns to league action (3pm kick-off).

He said: "We didn't defend as well as we should have but I think we had a really good first half and should have taken our chances.

"The manner of our defending was a problem but it is something we will learn from.

"We are always looking to learn and develop and that's what we'll do.

"What I want to see now is a reaction from the team. We don't look any further ahead than the next game and we are expecting a tough test against a side with a new manager and good experience.

"We need to make sure we react in the right way."

Harriers sit in 10th place and just a point off the play-off places heading into this weekend's contest.

Reds have no new injury concerns but will have to assess goalkeeper Brandon Hall and captain Ryan Croasdale when they return from England C duty.

The duo were called up to form part of a 16-man squad for the International Challenge Trophy Final in Slovakia.

They travelled to train in Ziar Nad Hronom in the Slovakian mountains on Monday ahead of the match against Slovakia tonight.

Both players have previously featured for England with the Harriers skipper making his international debut earlier this year, whereas Hall has featured four times since 2014.

Meanwhile, Eustace has seen his options boosted by the return of long-term injury absentee Liam Truslove.

The goalscoring midfielder made the bench against Fylde as he continues to near full fitness.

The manager added: "Liam is slowly making progress and will have more game time with the under-23s this week.

"It's a big bonus for us because he is a player who makes things happen and we're pleased to have him back."