Saturday, April 01, 2017
By Organic Bull
Hereford manager Peter Beadle had to watch this afternoon's game from the stands. In the first half he climbed to the top of the Len Weston and in the second half watched from the Blackfriars End.
Afterwards he spoke to BBC Hereford and Worcester.
"We made really hard work of that," said Beadle
"It was always going to be a tough game, the first one after we had won the League.
"When we did it last year we had so many games piling up, we were playing two or three games a week. So there was never that time to let it sink in.
"This time we've had a week before our next game.
"I think we showed our intentions by playing the team we played at Salisbury. We wanted to do it right. But we never really got going, we found it hard work.
"When they put ten men behind the ball it is hard work, it is hard to break down, and if things are quite clicking it doesn't quite work.
"But again they showed great character second half, they came out better and got back into the game. Then we give away another really poor goal and we're chasing the game with ten or fifteen to go.
"We got a win out of it in the end, may be an undeserved win today, a point maybe.
"They really dug in and done great Wantage to be fair.
"But we're not going to turn it down.
"The early goal gives teams something to hang on to. It was a heavy pass from Joel, a poor touch from Ryan and then it was just one thing after another for the goal.
"He runs in, so free and unmarked in the box and you look around, are there players missing here, because all of a sudden he's clean through, a great finish and it gave them something to hang onto.
"Then we get ourselves back in the game, hoping the tide will turn and it doesn't as we shoot ourselves in the foot again. Poor clearance, Ryan is not aware where Clayton is, he's clean through and another great finish.
"Even if we are not playing well we find the resolve to get another result so a bit fortuitous today I think but is that poor play by them or good play by us.
"I think a draw would have been a fair reflection of the game but it's another three on the talley and hopefully we can start impressing again next week."
Because of his touch-line ban Beadle watched the first half from the top of the Len Weston Stand.
"We've always said it's a better view from up there. To watch the play and how it developes but I was wishing I wasn't there. Maybe it was a good thing I was there because if I had been on the sideline it would have been a lot worse for the players!
"Then second half I stood in the Blackfriars End and watched from there. But it's the same every week really, you have no real impact on the game once the players have crossed the line, it's down to the players really.
"You can shout and bellow instructions and help out here and there but you have to trust them and rely on them to go and perform and have the result but the performance was below par today but we managed to come out of it unscathed.
Two back to back championships.
"It's massive. I don't think anyone would have expected even with the first season and the crowds but to do it back to back is really tough but I do feel we've been the most consistant team in the league this year.
"One defeat in 37 games says it all about the character of the players and the group we've got and they will continue to evolve.
"All ready people are looking over their shoulder because we are stepping up another level and we are going to need reinforcements and maybe better players to try and do the same thing again. Because that will be the aim of the game.
"The goal will always be to win promotion and so if we could do it again next year it would be even bigger feat than this year.
"But we have a lot of work to do before then."