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Saturday, April 08, 2017

The Early Goal Settled Us Said Beadle


Peter Beadle At Taunton This Afternoon
In his post Taunton media interview, Hereford manager Peter Beadle admitted he felt the result, a 1-1 draw, was fair.

"Really tough to get going first half," said Beadle.

"We didn't quite stick to the game plan. We knew what we did to them second half in the game at our place. We wanted to try and have overloads out wide.

"But we didn't get the ball moving quick enough so we couldn't get it down and play around the outside or even get our passing going.

"We had the early goal which was great to get and settle everyone down but I thought we dominated the play second half.

"They are going to create chances with the way they play, when I say create chances you get incidents in the goalmouth, it's the style they play, it works for them.

"We had more composure second half and created some much better clear-cut chances.

"I am questionable about the penalty, I thought it was a penalty on Tristan. He said he slipped.

Tristan Plummer With His Knee Injury
"I thought it was an even game, both teams put everything they could into the game and clear-cuts chances I thought we shaded it second half. First half was probably a bit more even.

"It's not an easy place to come, the pitch was great, in good condition buthas got that real awkward slope to side to side and to one end.

"I thought we looked quite strong defensively but second half we upped the tempo moving the ball well and we created more second half so I was happy, really happy with the performance second half."

Beadle made three changes from last Saturday.

"Jimmy (Oates) and Pablo(Haysham) were both ill. We were going to give Purds a rest today but then Clayton turned up with a stiff neck, he slept awkwardly. He came out and did a bit but it was no good so we put Ryan back inside and put Rob at right back.

"The midfield, Dinsley and McGrath, had more much dominance second half, they got more on the ball second half and that's when you can see what good players they are.

"First half they just had to battle and work hard, it's about sometimes being brave enough to get the ball down and play. I think we got sucked into their way of playing a little bit. So we started going a little bit direct too quickly and we're not geared for that. We've got one big lad upfront whom I thought was immense second half.

"But we're not geared for that, that's not what John wants. They were very solid at the back, three big centre-halves, good in the air and nice and strong physically. So it didn't suit us at all.

"Second half we were much better and those two looked better again especially when we got it down and played."

Keith Hall then asked Beadle if Mark Preece was 100% fit. Was he still carrying a knock?

Mark Preece
"He's fit, I think it's the way he runs!

"I thought he was excellent today. The boy up front for them is probably as good a centre forward in the league as in he uses his body well, he's a big, strong boy and gets in their well, wins headers but I thought Preece won everything bar a couple in the second half but I thought he was good today as well. Really pleased with both the big lads at each end.

"I can't say I hope we'll be playing them next season but they are as strong as you are going to get in this league. A bit like Alvechurch, if we hadn't been there, they would have walked it this year with what they have got as they've got some quality players.

"They play a style that suits them and I think they will be tough to beat in the play-offs. I know it's a one off game but I do think with home advantage they will be tough to beat."

Around 450 supporters were in the Hereford areas of the ground. 

"Great to see as always. When it's all ticket you do wonder how many will turn up but they've made the journey down in difficult circumstances by the sounds of it talking to one or two before the game. They stayed in good voice throughout the game.

"We performed well again today, well all season and they've stuck with us all season. Today was no different."

What's your preparations for playing in front of me, you and a dog named Boo at Didcot on Tuesday?

"It is what it is, I think that should have been the decision in the first place. If we're going to replay the game, play it behind closed doors, it's the sensible thing to do.

"It's another game, we've got to go there and go and do what we've done today and try and be a bit better on the ball for ninety minutes."