HEREFORD Head Coach Marc Richards says that keeping his cool on the touchline is important in helping his players during a match.

His side came from a goal down to clinch their third away victory of the season 2-1 at York City and moved seven points above the bottom three.

A half-time substitution of Harvey Smith for debutant James Waite and moving to a 4-4-2 formation helped his side come back into the tie.

“It was similar to Saturday (against Curzon Ashton) but the reverse as York were the better team in the first half by a country mile and we needed to change things,” said Richards.

“I made a slight tactical change and the lads have been excellent in the second half and done exactly what we’ve asked them to do.

“We’ve had to weather some storms tonight in terms of not just the weather perspective. There were times when York were really pinning us in.

“We have had to defend our box superbly well tonight and apart from a disappointing first goal, we have defended our box really well at times.

“It has given us the time to be able to stay in the game and obviously free-kick from Danny Greenslade.

“And then young James Waite with an excellent cool finish. So I’m really pleased.

Richards has received criticisms from some fans over recent weeks but says his method of coaching allows the players to focus on the game.

“Don’t get me wrong I might not always show it but I am extremely passionate about winning football matches and being as successful as you can be,” said Richards

“Although I may not be showing it externally that’s in there. If I’m ranting and raving on the touch lines how do you think that’s going to affect the players?

“If I’m ranting and raving then I’m probably going to put them under more pressure when they’ve got to make some serious decisions in a short space of time.

“Sometimes me getting erratic and irate isn’t going to be helpful to the players on the pitch. It’s important that I’ve got the coolest head when it comes to making decisions like the ones we’ve had to make at half-time.”