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Friday, December 15, 2017

After The Final Whistle

Pictures from after the final whistle at Edgar Street last night.

Fleetwood Were Strong, Fit and Resolute said Purdie

After last night's game, experienced players Rob Purdie and Ryan Green spoke briefly to BN.

"We can hold our heads up high," said Purdie, who was summarising the game on BBC H&W and Radio Five Live.

"But Fleetwood came down and did a really professional job on us. They were strong, fit and resolute - they knew what they were doing and were good for the win.

"If we'd had got a goal with twenty minutes to go, then all of sudden Fleetwood's confidence would've drained. If one of Dinsley's shots or Mills' free kick had gone in, then we would've had a great chance of getting something out of it.

"But it wasn't to be."

Purdie is currently sidelined with an injury, but he hopes to be back in contention for Sunday FA Trophy game.

"I ran quite a lot today, and if we'd had another training session before today then I probably could've snook on the bench, so I'm hoping to be involved on Sunday."

Ryan Green was disappointed that both of Fleetwood's goals were scored by Cian Bolger heading home a George Glendon corners.

"Disappointing, but we gave it our all. Everyone's given 100% out there, two set pieces but other than that they didn't really trouble us. They're a good team, four league above us.

"I'll have to see the goals again because I was behind the goalkeeper at the time marking a player, but I think Jack got blocked on the second one which the ref didn't see.

"Disappointed to lose on two set pieces, but that's football."

The Bulls were backed by a sell-out home crowd of over 4,000, and Green thanked them for their support.

"A big thank you to all the fans who have been our 12th man all the way through this FA Cup run.

"You can see how good they are as they cleared the pitch [of snow] in 12 hours which shows everyone's going in the same direction together."

Massive Financial Bonus For Winning Said Rosler

Fleetwood manager Uwe Rosler was pleased that his side had avoided a giantkilling last night at Edgar Street and will play Leicester City in the third round.

"The chairman in the last week has reminded me every single day especially with being Leicester live on tele," said Rosler.

"The income will be massive.

"To win today was about pride but also on the financial side a massive bonus.

"A lot of people know how difficult it is to come here and get a result.

"I'm proud of my players, we played more physical and competed the Fleetwood way."

Rosler then praised Hereford.

"I think it's great set-up here, I like the stadium, I've been here before with Brentford.

"They have good fans, they took a lot of fans to Highbury."

Second Half Pictures From FA Cup Replay

A selection of pictures from the second half of last night's FA Cup replay between Hereford and Fleetwood.

Pictures From First Half Of Cup Replay At Edgar Street

A selection of pictures captured during the first half of last night's FA Cup replay.


Before The FA Cup Replay Kick-off At Edgar Street

BN will post several selection of photographes from last night's FA Cup second round replay between Hereford FC and Fleetwood at Edgar Street.

To start with pictures from before kick-off.


Hereford 0 - Fleetwood Town 2

Hereford's 2-0 defeat at home to Fleetwood Town means there will be no non-league teams in the FA Cup third round. Two almost identical goals from Cian Bolger saw the Whites bow out of the competition to their League One opponents in Thursday evening's second round replay.

Hereford boss Peter Beadle made one change to the side that drew 1-1 at Highbury in the original tie, with Lance Smith dropping to the bench to make way for Mike Symons.

The Bulls had the first chance of the game as Dara O'Shea drilled a shot from range just wide of the target with two minutes on the clock. The visitors soon had a chance of their own, but the offside flag went up against Jordy Hiwula after he slotted the ball past Martin Horsell.
Another chance for the Huddersfield Town loanee followed, but his strike from 18-yards was wide of the target.

Fleetwood's strong performance continued as they took the lead in the tenth minute. Under little pressure from Hereford's defence, Cian Bolger rose to meet George Glendon's inswinging corner and headed the ball firmly past Horsell.

12 minutes later Keyon Reffell came close to pulling Hereford back level, but couldn't capitalise on Baily Cargill's defensive error. Reffell found himself with just the keeper left to beat, but with the backtracking defence closing him down, he fired wide into the side-netting.

Cargill then came close to getting his name on the scoresheet in the 27th minute, but having been allowed far too much time on the ball, he dragged his shot wide from outside the area.

Chance For Jimmy Oates
The first half ended in a quieter manner compared to how it started, with a Cod Army corner on the stroke of half time the closest the visitors came to a second goal. The commanding Horsell did well to punch the ball clear, with goalscorer Cian Bolger impeding Hereford's keeper.

John Mills Is Brought Down

Billy Murphy Took The Free Kick
HT: Hereford 0 - Fleetwood Town 1

With there being only one goal in it at the break, and Hereford attacking the Meadow End in the second half, there was a feeling around the ground that they might just mount a comeback. This looked likely at the start of the half, but the Bulls still lacked a decent final ball in front of goal.

With 53 minutes on the clock, Jimmy Oates provided a good cross into the box, but the keeper leapt to claim the ball before Mike Symons could get his head to it. Garyn Preen's corner three minutes later failed to beat the first man as the danger was dealt with by the visitors.

Fleetwood doubled their advantage in the 58th minute, disappointingly with a repeat of the first goal. The Cod Army forced a corner with Wes Burns' cross being put behind by Jimmy Oates. Once again it was George Glendon who picked out Bolger in the box, and the Irishman had little difficulty in heading the ball home for his second of the evening.

Calvin Dinsley tried an ambitious effort minutes after Town's second, but he couldn't keep his rasping shot down as it sailed into the Meadow End terrace behind the goal.

A free kick to the Lilywhites 25-yards out looked a decent opportunity to pull a goal back, but John Mills' curling effort went inches wide of the upright.

Fleetwood could've been 3-0 up with just over 15 minutes left on the clock, but substitute Lewie Coyle's shot clipped the top of the crossbar.

Despite continued pressure from Hereford, and another ambitious strike from Dinsley, it wasn't to be for the Southern League side who can hold their heads high after a long and lucrative FA Cup run.

FT: Hereford 0 - Fleetwood Town 2
Att: 4,235 with 140 in the away enclosure

Hereford: Horsell, Oates (c), O'Shea, Murphy, Green, Deaman, Preen (Smith - 69'), Dinsley, Mills, Reffell, Symons.
Subs not used: Page, Preston, Haysham, Bird, Franklin, Harris.

Fleetwood: Cairns, Bell, O'Neill, Eastham, Hiwula (Hunter), Burns (Cole), Bolger, Glendon (Schwabl), Sowerby, Cargill, Cole.
Subs not used: Neal, Pond, Nadesan, Biggins.

Next Game: FA Trophy - Dagenham and Redbridge at Home on Sunday 17th December at 3pm