HEREFORD striker Reece Styche claims he has been made a scapegoat in recent months by Bulls fans.

The 30-year-old arrived at Edgar Street in the summer having scored 11 goals in 22 appearances for Alfreton Town last season.

However, the Gibraltar international has had a frustrating season with just three league goals to his name this term.

“I find it frustrating that I have been made the scapegoat since around October,” Styche told Bulls News.

“I think it is the same no matter what club you are at that there are always one or two players who fans pinpoint and take out their personal frustration on. Unfortunately at the moment that's me.

“I just have to deal with it as best I can and keep trying to do what I know I can do, and that is score.”

“Personally I think as a whole we don't create enough chances in a game so when they do come there's even more of a reliance on us to take them and an added pressure. 

“Individually, we have some very good attacking players, but for some reason this season we just haven’t been as creative. As a striker therefore it’s that much harder to score.”

Styche has been called up on international duty for Gibraltar several times this season.

He said that on each occasion Hereford is compensated between £3,800 and £4,250 per match.