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Friday, October 07, 2016

Claridge - Hereford Are Composed And Consistent

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Steve Claridge
Salisbury manager Steve Claridge watched Hereford at Tonbridge last Saturday and despite them losing he felt they still have plenty of quality in their side.

Tomorrow the two teams meet in the FA Trophy.

"They've had some big changes since last season and swapped it around a bit but it has only strengthened them, as their record shows already this season at a higher level,"Claridge told the Southern League Site.

"We're really going to have to be at our best if we're to going to progress in this competition as we really want to do now we are out of the FA Cup."

"We have talent but the difference between them and us is that you know what you are going to get with Hereford on any given day whereas you maybe don't with us yet.

"They are composed and consistent and don't panic. We saw that in the semi-final last season when they went a goal down at our place and although they have made changes, I expect the same sort of attitude from them.

"What I am looking for from us now is the ability to adapt to games and apply ourselves when we're not dominating.

"Sometimes football is about what you do when you don't have the ball as much as when you do have it. We need to find ways to cope without conceding goals when we are not having our own spells on top in games."

Claridge is aware that Hereford signed James Molyneux from Westfields earlier this week.

"Whoever they put out, we know what we have to do.

"We have to cut out individual errors and though we won't get anything like the number of chances we did against Dorchester, we have to be clinical in front of goal. If we do that, then we're capable of reversing last season's results.

"It's going to be another great occasion and I'm looking forward to it. I hope our fans are too. It's the sort of game both clubs wanted to be playing when they were set up as new clubs not too long ago."