HEREFORD manager Josh Gowling felt his side’s experienced players would have seen out victory over Chorley in their 1-1 draw.

The Bulls were without Aaron Amadi-Holloway, skipper Jared Hodgkiss and Ryan Lloyd for their draw in which Hereford conceded from a 94th minute corner.

Gowling felt that with his experienced players closing in on returns that they would have been vital in that scenario.

“You look at that moment at the end and if you have your experienced players in there then they see you over the line” said Gowling.

“Playing King’s Lynn and Darlington we’ve probably been a bit naive and that’s probably what has cost us.

“It’ll be good to get them players back and we can start climbing up that table. If the lads keep playing like they are then some of the others don’t get back in. But what we do have is a group in the training ground that are pushing each other on.

However, Gowling was pleased with the performance his youngsters gave with teenager Marco Rus scoring the opening goal before having a host of other chances to seal victory.

“I thought we were excellent, that’s the best that we’ve been all season,” said Gowling.

“It’s probably one of the best performances that we’ve had since I’ve been here.

However, defender Harvey Smith denied Hereford scoring from a headed corner which Gowling blamed on a fault with his side’s zonal marking system.

“If you miss opportunities like that you leave yourself open to 1-0 and a 95th minute corner that they end up scoring,” he added.

“We’ve looked at the goal back, we have a zone and the zone got sucked in and that opened up the space. We spoke to the lads about staying in their zone and keeping high and we didn’t do that which opened up the space for him to score a goal.

“Realistically that wouldn’t have happened if it was two or three-nil, so it’s disappointing. For me that feels like a loss today.”