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Kidsgrove Athletic manager Ryan Austin scolded his teams recent performance ahead of tonight’s Integro Sports Cup Quarter-Final against Hyde United.

Ryan Austin (pictured second from left) watched his Kidsgrove side in action (Credit: @OfficialKAFC)

Speaking after Saturday’s disappointing 1-0 loss to Sutton Coldfield, Austin said: “We got what we deserved out of the game, we were awful for 90 minutes.”

“The goal we’ve conceded is something you wouldn’t even see at Under 7’s level, it’s embarrassing.”

Austin’s side slipped to ninth in the table affecting their current charge for the play-offs, and the ‘Grove’ manager is glad his side have a chance to quickly turn around their fortunes.

He said: “The positive I can already take into Wednesday is that we can’t perform as worse as we’ve done today.”

“We’re going to make changes as some people don’t deserve to keep their place.”

Kidsgrove will be bolstered by the return of striker Kingsley Adu-Gyamfi, who served his final game of a three match suspension.

Austin is glad Adu-Gyamfi will be at his disposal, but admits his sides disciplinary side needs to improve.

“Kingsley coming back is a huge boost for us,” he said. “But our lads need to be more disciplined, his (Kingsley’s) ill discipline at Tamworth has meant he’s missed three important games where he would’ve been a huge help for us.”

Ex-Blackburn forward Lee Williamson will also be missing due to suspension, and Club-Captain Anthony Malbon will also miss out due to a re-occurring thigh issue.

Their opponents, Hyde United, currently sit 11th in the BetVictor Northern Premier League and are coming off an impressive 5-2 victory against promotion chasing Lancaster City on Saturday.

Kidsgrove have already beaten Northern Premier League outfits Warrington Town and Gainsborough Trinity in the Integro Sports Cup to get to this stage.

Should they win tonight, it will be the first time the ‘Grove’ have reached the Semi-Finals of the competition.

Kick-Off is 7:45pm at the AutoNet Stadium, ST7 1DQ

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