HEREFORD manager Russell Slade is looking his side to put a consistent run of games together following their 0-0 draw in the FA Trophy against King’s Lynn Town.

The Bulls were on a run of four defeats in five league games prior to a solid display against the National League leaders earning a Tuesday night replay.

“For the football club, for the fans, for the players and everybody connected to the club we needed to respond as a group together and we did,” said Slade.

“It was a very competitive game, we were well in the game, this team are top of the league so we had to raise our standards which we did.

“The trick now is to go and do that again and try and find that consistency and continuity going forward.

“The thing is to get a strong structure when you’ve conceded goals like that and be solid and difficult to beat.

“Today, we got that solidness back.

“I think there is still an awful lot of work to be done, one swallow will never make a summer, and we have to put a consistent run of games together again.

“That will take time, there is a lot of work still to be done until we get where we need to be. Today we have done it, we haven’t moaned, we’ve had five or six players missing today.

“We were in the game, we stuck to our game-plan, we stuck to our structure and made it very difficult for them to break us down, but also throughout the afternoon I thought we were a real big threat.”

Brandon Hall in the Bulls goal was called into action several times in the second half on a difficult pitch with a muddy goalmouth.

“Some of them weren’t that difficult but because of the conditions they were because he needed to hang on to them and not let them bounce off and everything stuck,” added Slade.

“I was tremendously pleased with that. It got more sticky and difficult as the game went on and you fear that maybe the game could be won on a mistake, I’m glad it wasn’t for both teams because that wouldn’t have been fair.

Meanwhile, Hereford could have stole the victory on the night when a quick break resulted in Rowan Liburd finding substitute Taylor Allen inside the box, but the loanee blazed his effort over.

“We possibly had the best chance of the game in the dying minutes which would have been nice,

“We knew in transition and on the counter-attack that we could be a real threat going forward and that’s where our opportunity came from.

“We came from a quick break, crossed it down the right and maybe it was the pitch a little bit which didn’t help him, but it was a great opportunity to win the game.

When asked how much the FA Trophy meant to him? Slade said: “Every game is important.

“I have been a manager a long time now so I don’t like losing football matches. I don’t care where we are playing away from home or at home.

“I had a look at how many games I had lost 5-1 in nearly 900 games. I think it’s six and out of them three were Premier League teams.

“That was 150 games ago so if I have to take one on the chin every 150 games I’ll take that but hopefully that’s another 149 games I’ll have to wait.”