1:00pm Friday 21st December 2012
By Steve Carley - Midlands Sports Journalist of the Year 2013
HEREFORD United return to league action tomorrow, looking to pick up where they left off before their cup exploits.
Prior to losing 2-1 to Cheltenham Town in the FA Cup and 3-0 to Chelmsford City in the FA Trophy, the Bulls had won three out of four Blue Square Bet Premier matches.
The run has left them seven points shy of the play-offs going into tomorrow’s match at lowly Ebbsfleet (3pm).
Manager Martin Foyle said: “Our league form hasn’t been bad. The cups are an added spice and have been good to us by winning money to keep the club afloat.
“Now we are back to the league programme.
“It’s 11 against 11, we know what the conditions are going to be like so it’s about attitude.
“Our attitude probably wasn’t right last Saturday and there were a vast number of excuses — injuries and keeping people back on four bookings — so it was probably a game too far.
“It’s gone but not forgotten and we are looking forward to redeeming ourselves against Ebbsfleet. We need to get back to basics and start working hard again.”
Hereford are again without leading marksman Ryan Bowman (knee) as well as left-back Chris Carruthers (heel) and striker Marlon Jackson (hamstring) although the latter two are improving.
Centre-half Stefan Stam has recovered from a stomach bug, but midfielder Josh O’Keefe tweaked his hamstring against Chelmsford and is a doubt.
Left-back Joe Heath and winger Marley Watkins are one booking away from a game ban although that would have to be incurred before December 31.
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