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BUCKLE ON HEREFORD DEFEAT

7 November 2012

Boss laments set-back at Edgar Street

A frustrated boss Paul Buckle could not believe his side fell to defeat at Hereford United.

The Hatters dominated for long spells at Edgar Street and created numerous chances but succumbed to James McQuilkin's stunning goal 10 minutes after half-time.

It was tough on the Town but Buckle was remained upbeat despite the disappointment.

"I feel as though we've played well tonight," the manager said afterwards. "We've been in good form and looked in the mood this evening. It wasn't the case that we didn't come out of the traps, and we didn't look lacklustre or lethargic.

"Hereford have scored a very well-taken goal and got their noses in front and after that they've looked after it and have sat in to protect it.

"It's frustrating, but if we're going to lose that's the way to do it. 

"We know we can't just turn up at places like Hereford and for it to just happen, and I told the lads that before the game. We were bright, alert but I just don't know how we haven't scored."

The Town found home goalkeeper James Bittner in inspired form as he kept out a number of chances and was later voted the home sponsors' man-of-the-match.

"You know you're doing something right when the oppositions' keeper is man-of-the-match," Buckle said. "We were continually putting them under pressure.

"Hereford had come off the back of beating a League 1 side on Saturday so we knew it would be tough.

"But at times they were holding on for dear life, especially at the end, and I thought it was only a matter of time before we scored.

"I'm frustrated we haven't closed their man down for the goal, but I can't pick any player of mine who was poor tonight.

"On another day we win so it's important we don't be too despondent."

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