HEREFORD manager Josh Gowling hailed his side’s level of focus as they progressed to the FA Cup third qualifying round with a 1-0 win over Bromsgrove Sporting.
Ryan McLean’s second-half goal separated the sides and Hereford kept their first clean sheet in five matches.
The Bulls avoided an upset FA Cup with Sporting sitting a league below their hosts.
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“It’s always tough games because they’re the league below and in a way we’re expected to win,” Gowling said, speaking to Keith Hall.
“I think we controlled the game from start to finish. I thought we could have been a bit more clinical to be honest and at the end of the game they were putting a lot of balls in the box when the game should have been dead and buried.
“I think our levels of concentration were great today, if you look at some of the goals we’ve conceded this season they’re down to mistakes.
“I felt today we were right on it and it was a professional performance. When we returned balls, we returned them in good areas which allowed us to put the bodies back behind the ball , so it was really nice.
The Bulls made five changes to the side which suffered a 2-1 defeat at Brackley Town on Tuesday night with Cian Tyler, Jack Evans, Zak Lilly, Aaron Amadi-Holloway and Miles Storey all losing their starting places.
Goalkeepers Harvey Wiles-Richards and James Caton made their home debuts while Harry Pinchard, Jethro Hansen and Thierry Latty-Fairweather all started.
“We didn’t win,” added Gowling.
“When you look at it and where are the zones. I have a great staff and we sit down and when we’re not winning we look at the areas we need to improve and the things we’re doing that impact that.
“We sat down and made changes to them. We made some tactical changes today and luckily that was enough to get the win.
Caton made his first start for Hereford in an even first half before giving way at half-time after picking up ‘a niggle’.
Miles Storey replaced the winger and made an immediate impact as the game opened up and Hereford took the win.
“With Ryan (McLean) and Miles (Storey) they’re lightning fast, but sometimes we turn the ball around a lot,” Gowling added.
“The idea of having Caton play there today was to get a bit of possession and get the game under control from time to time.
“I think he did that very well, he came off at half-time because he had a little problem. When you get Ryan and Miles on the ball, they are absolutely electric.