HEREFORD manager Josh Gowling says he was proved right in his patiences for defender Krystian Pearce.

The 31-year-old defender was named November player of the month for the National League North after guiding the Bulls to five league wins on the bounce without conceding a goal.

"It's fantastic," said Gowling.

"To come in and the impact that he's had with five wins and five clean sheets.

"It shows the impact he's had in the squad and what a player he is at this level.

"He brings a calmness to the team. We all congratulation Krystian but it wasn't just Krystian, Ben (Pollock) and Luke (Haines) have played centre-half with him.

"The work that the midfield have done in front of him as well as Brandon (Hall) and the front players have really contributed."


After signing in August the Bulls had to wait for Pearce to play.

First a delay with him being registered and then an injury meant the defender didn't feature in the league until November.

"I think people thought I was a bit mad," added Gowling.

"I've been around a long time and know a centre-half when I see a centre-half.

"It was my position and I understand the value of having a real strong centre-half.

"We knew we were going to lose (Jamie) Grimes in the summer.

"What we wanted to do was not necessarily replace him with the same athleticism.

"We wanted to replace him with somebody who talks and organises the players around him.

"That's why we wanted to be patient as we knew the impact he would have on the squad.

Gowling says that the financial position Hereford are in means they have to be diligent with their signings and 'get them right'

"I've felt the frustration of fans asking what is going on with transfers but hopefully they are starting to realise we are not what we once were financially," Gowling added.

"We have to be a bit different in the transfer market to make sure we have players to cover multiple positions.

"It would be lovely to go into January and pump loads of money in, make three of four signings to really give us a good push for the play-offs but the reality is we're just not there as a football club.

"We have to be diligent and make sure we get most of our signings right which I like to think we have done and work with what we've got."