HEREFORD Head Coach Marc Richards says that there is a ‘good culture’ of players taking responsibility for their mistakes after Hereford drew 2-2 to Spennymoor Town.

After Jordan Nicholson gave the Bulls a first half lead a controversial equaliser by Andrew Johnson pulled his side back into the tie.

Jordan Cullinane-Liburd slipped allowing Glen Taylor to put the visitors ahead before Tom Owen-Evans earned the Bulls a point with an equaliser.

Speaking about Spennymoor’s second goal Richards said: “Glen Taylor is an absolute handful and will probably be up there in the top goal scorer again.

“He took his second exceptionally well and I don’t think there will be many strikers in our league who would have still finished from the angle he was at.

“Jordan (Cullinane-Liburd) fair play to him has put his hand up. It’s not what we want, we don’t want mistakes.

“But if people put their hands up and are not saying it’s somebody else’s fault then we’ve got a good culture.

“People are willing to take responsibility as there will be mistakes made, I don’t think you can go through any goal in any game where a mistake hasn’t been made somewhere.

“We need people to be accountable, responsible and we react together in a positive way which we saw when we went 2-1 down.

“He has actually slipped, he has tried to hold him off and is in possession and has lost his footing a little bit. (Glen) Taylor is putting him under pressure and they’ve both gone down. Taylor has got up quicker and put the ball in the back of the net.

“There were two similar goals with our back to goal one was potentially a free-kick and the other we should have dealt with better.”

Richards also felt that Martin Riley had been fouled in the build-up to the Spennymoor first goal, he added: “I think they are given nine times out of 10,

“When you look back whether it is definitely a free-kick it’s difficult. Nine times out of 10 the referee gives that one facing his own goal with pressure from behind he has gone down.

“We have got to react to it, defend our box and keep that clean sheet. That second goal, had we got it to go 2-0 up would have been the difference.

Richards said that there was some ‘pleasing signs’ in the draw and that the substitutes had given him more selection problems.

He added: “I thought it was a fair result overall as we were the better side in the first half and they were better in the second half, said Richards.

“It was frustrating that we were 1-0 up at half-time and not have that resilience to see it out. We had a couple of mistakes for their goals which was frustrating but the boys showed good character.

“There was some really pleasing signs but also areas that we need to work on. They were play-off finalists who lost on penalties so for a first home game you probably don’t want the team who ultimately finished third.

“We freshened it up with three substitutes from the bench and they all looked lively. That has given me more headaches.

“They have given me some really tough decisions and it’s the hardest part not only not selecting somebody in the 11 but also not in the 16. I want to make those tough decisions and have competition all round.

“They saw some of the performances off the bench was really positive. Even when we went 2-1 down there was some really positive noise (from the fans) which helped the boys get back into it.”