HEREFORD marksman Tyrone Barnett says that the belief that anybody can be beaten is the mentality Hereford need going into their FA Cup game against Portsmouth.

The Bulls sit three leagues below their League One opponents and striker Barnett, who netted twice in their 3-1 win against Curzon Ashton on Saturday, says any side is beatable.

“I always back myself, I always have done, I’ve always been a bit of an underdog,” said Barnett.

“I always back the team to go and put a good performance together and you never know in the FA Cup.

“We’re all men at the end of the day and all can be beaten. Hopefully we take that mentality into the game and take it minute by minute, do our best and that’s all we can do."

Hereford manager Josh Gowling added that all the expectation will be on their visitors to Edgar Street. The boss, who has a psychology degree, says he has trained his side to deal with pressure situations such as the one that awaits on Friday night.

“It’s a big jump for us to play a team like that,” added Gowling.

“We’ve got to be at 100 per cent and at our maximum and if we’re not then we’ll get found wanting. The club has already won in the sense it’s put the club back in the spotlight which it hasn’t been for a while.

“Financially it’ll be great for the club. If we win we’ll just look at the next one. We’re not going to get too high or too low, we just need to keep on an even keel and look to get a result on Friday.

“The lads are raring to go. A big area of my background that I can help the lads with is coping mechanisms and how we cope under pressure.

“We’ve got to drill these lads that when the pressure is on that all they are focusing on is what we’ve done in training.

“They are expected to win, they’re on television, they’re a Football League club and they’re expected to win comfortable while nothing is expected from us.

“But if they’re not on their game then they’ll get found wanting.”