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Hereford United players' Delroy Facey, Harry Pell and Dave Cornell give reactions to relegation from Football League
THERE was a subdued atmosphere at the final whistle at Edgar Street after United held on for a 3-2 superb home win over promotion-chasing Torquay United.
News then filtered through that Barnet had won 2-1 at Burton to consign Hereford to relegation from the Football League.
Striker Delroy Facey, who headed Hereford’s opener, said: “The main thing was to get the result which we did and the other game didn’t go for us. We did all we can and I was just so proud of the lads and the fans – everyone turned out in force.
“They were superb and whoever is here next season we will just have to go again. We’ve got fantastic support. I am sure that Hereford will bounce back into the League in no time.
“I am absolutely devastated – it’s like losing your job. No-one likes being relegated and especially out of the Football League but it’s the bounce back ability. With the manangement, staff and players and the fans I am sure it won’t be long before Hereford United are back in the Football League again.”
Goalkeeper Dave Cornell , who was watching from the sidelines, said: “It’s really disappointing because the emotion of today has been unbelievable. We’ve seen every minute of it - on the TV watching the Barnet game through the windows. I have never experienced any emotion like that in my life. It’s so disappointing to have won the game and then Barnet to have won to put us down. That’s football.
“Over the course of the season, I didn’t think relegation was fair. I was in the dressing room after the game and it was hard sitting there. Everyone was so disappointed. Richard said some nice words to all of us. Hopefully, Hereford will come back up next season.”
Harry Pell, who scored United’s second goal from the penalty spot, said: “It was a negative day. I can’t really explain how I feel at the moment. I am speechless. Unfortunately, Burton have not done us a favour. We will have to see where we go from here.
“There was a little bit of emotion there when the penalty was awarded– no-one was going to get the ball off me.
“When we were 3-0 up it was too good to be true. I can’t really explain how I, the team and everybody are feeling.
“I finished the game and I thought we were staying up. I got the news and I could then tell from the fans’ reactions. They were excellent today. It’s hard for everybody and it’s how everybody reacts to this disappointment.”
For fans and players' reaction to Hereford United's relegation from the Football League, watch this six-minute Hereford Times video: