HEREFORD manager Josh Gowling admits that FA Cup hero Orrin Pendley has proved him wrong after an emergency recall.

The central defender was sent out on dual-registration to Coalville Town last month before several injuries forced Gowling to recall him for last week’s trip to Boston.

The 26-year-old netted during their win at Boston and then the winner in Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Bromley.

“I’ve just said to him there ‘I’ve sent you out on a dual-registration and that’s two fingers up to the gaffer’,” said Hereford manager Josh Gowling talking to Keith Hall.

“Orrin is brilliant, he wants to attack things and it’s something we didn’t have last year. We scored from two set plays last year but this year we’ve got a much more physical and dominant team.”

National League side Bromley believed they would comfortably progress against the Bulls with a fantastic home record on their 4G surface.

However, Gowling believed his side could progress by targeting their weaknesses.

“We looked at them in through the week and looked at areas we could exploit. I don’t think we did that well enough during the first half,” added Gowling.

“I think once we got to grips with it in the second half we did really well. We knew the type of team they were and that we had to deal with set plays, long throw-ins and that sort of stuff.

“If we stuck to that we had a chance of winning the game. I thought in possession we were a decent side.

“You can see why they are where they are in the league above because of the way they play,”

“They are direct, they’ve got players willing to battle and pick up second balls. They’ve got some real quality but if we could weather that storm, which we did, coming out in the second half with the wind with us we might have a bit more luck, which we did.”

Harry Pinchard gave the Bulls belief with his side’s dripping free-kick giving Hereford the lead only for substitute Corey Whitely to equalise.

Gowling believed the referee helped Bromley turn the game around until Pendley had the last say at the death.

“It was excellent,” added Gowling talking about the Pinchard goal.

“He’s got that quality. We’ve put him in a different role to the 10 he started in this season, but he’s come to life out wide. He drives in well, drifts in well, holds the ball up for us and he’s a dead ball specialist.

“His free-kicks are excellent, his corners are excellent and he gives us something to hit especially with our big lads.

“No disrespect to the referee but he made every decision for them.

“I felt like he gave them impetus because every little knock or coming together he seems to give them a free-kick and it changed the momentum of the game a little bit.”