"We've got two players there in Purdie and Clist who will run and chase and work as hard as they possibly can."
|Purdie Heading Goalwards Against Cheltenham - Andy Compton Photo|
Another man of the match award for Purdie, not surprising given he scored Hereford's goal, in the 2-1 defeat at the hands of Swindon. Hereford were 21st in the table at this time.
A draw at Bradford in front of 17014 did help confidence. But despite nine goals in the game, including a Purdie penalty, the Bulls lost 5-4 at Gillingham three days later and dropped to 22nd.
'The Bulls were quickly off the mark when Barkhuizen broke into the box in the second minute and was felled by Jack Evans. Purdie stepped up and coolly stroked the ball in from the spot.'
Purdie's nose was broken during the game and, unlike him, he missed a second penalty after Barkhuizen was brought down.
"All the players fault tonight, gotta have a look at ourselves properly and obvs myself for the miss...broken nose aswell doesn't help"
On March 3rd Hereford managed a home win, against Wimbledon, their first since the previous October.
"It's massive for us," said Purdie afterwards.
"I've still got my broken nose from Tuesday and I took one on the head today which I can't quite remember about."
Manager Jamie Pitman was sacked the following Monday with Richard O'Kelly brought in to replace him. Pitman became coach.
A win at Morecambe a week later took off some of the pressure but a defeat to Southend put Hereford down to 23rd position. Worse was the news that Purdie had sustained a hamstring injury during the game and would miss several games.
He didn't start a game until April 21st which was a goal-less home draw against Northampton and was subbed late in the game.
"I enjoyed the second half, didn't want to come off but I started to get a little bit of cramp in my calves and I didn't want to be carried in the last ten minutes when we were pushing for a goal."
A week later a 3-0 win at Crawley. And hope that relegation could be avoided. It all depended on results on the last day.
|Rob Purdie And Harry Pell Thank Delroy Facey For His Goal - picture copyright Andy Compton|
After the game Purdie spoke to Keith Hall
"I haven't really thought about my future because we've been so focused on the last couple of games."
Purdie was later named player of the season.
By the end of May Martin Foyle was in charge. However Purdie turned down an initial offer and then a second offer.
Graham Turner had enticed him to Shrewsbury.
Purdie gave his reasons on Twitter.
"And thanks for everyones support over my time at Hereford, all 6 and a half seasons and I have been and would continue to be proud to wear the Hereford shirt. It has meant a lot to me."