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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Beadle Pleased With Harvey Smith

Hereford manager Peter Beadle was pleased with how Harvey Smith played this afternoon at Curzon Ashton. The loanee came into the starting eleven due to the absence of Ryan Green who was getting married.

"Great debut," said Beadle.

"We looked into him before he came and I spoke to Weston about him and they said he turned their season around.

"He's a no-nonsense, head it and kick it sort of centre half and I think he showed that today when their big lad came on.

"He wasn't fazed by his aggressiveness, he stood up to it and he did very well today."

Smith is just 19.

"I'd love to know what the average age was of our team today, 23 or 24. For a group of that age going into a League like this and playing as well as we are at the moment - again in different ways, we played great against Blyth with the ball, today we were better without the ball and we took the result.

"But to be doing what we are doing with such a young group is very promising."

This safternoon much of the Hereford's play seemed more from side to side than usual.

"That's not something we have asked them to do, we want them to probe.

"In face I gave them a bit of a rollicking at half time. I said if I was Harry White I would be coming here and stringing you all up and saying give me better servive because he didn't get any service first half.

"Everything he had was aerial, high balls against two decent size centre halves so he didn't get any joy first half.

"Then all of a sudden second half we tried to get the ball into him in better areas of the pitch and he got more involved in the game then he got his goal and that perked him up a bit more and he got better and better as the game wore on even though he got tired.

"It's not the way we want to play, we want to try and break the lines and get it into the front, certainly into the front three.

"But we've had a bit of disruption with Lewis coming in, players have to get used to where he wants to be and where he wants the ball on the pitch.

"Sometimes it goes that way, sometimes we have to play backwards and sidewards a lot because teams are defending well, their shape is good and it's tough to pinpoint passes into the front player.

"Certainly as the game went on I thought we looked a little bit more potent going forward and we had a couple of chances towards the end as well."