HEREFORD manager Josh Gowling was happy with a point and a clean sheet after playing out a goalless draw with Leamington.

The injury-hit Bulls who were missing marksman Lenell John-Lewis and several first choice defenders grinded out a 0-0 draw on a pitch which Gowling said was difficult to play on.

“Teams that come here are put under that pressure,” said Gowling.

“They are very good at what they do, they turn balls in and look for second balls, It’s a difficult surface to play on as well.

“I would have like us to play a bit more but the surface again the surface is very difficult. Periods of the game where we did play we cut them open and created opportunities.

“I think we need to move with the ball better from side to side and hold on to the ball. I don’t think you can see but the pitch is really bobbly and when balls were going in it was hard to get hold of the ball sometimes and then it was getting crowded out.

“On our pitch I know he (Kelsey Mooney) would hold the ball up better and recycle it a bit more. I know that central man is pivotal for us to keep hold of the ball and bring players in.

“Obviously playing two games in 24 hours doesn’t help. I thought the lads were excellent and stood up the challenge.

“Away from home to get a clean sheet I’m obviously happy with. We’re disappointed we haven’t won but it is a good point.

“I’m really pleased that the lads have dug in, done what we’ve asked and put in a performance today.

I think they’ve looked at us and thought that they would try and beat us up a bit but we’ve stood up to that and we’re not just a pretty footballing side but can mix it up with sides as well.

The Bulls have picked up seven points from their last three league games.

“I think we have been playing pretty much the same brand of football but haven’t had the rub of the green,” added Gowling.

“It’s nice to see the work coming to fruition and we’re picking up points which is really pleasing.”