Steve Claridge has assured Salisbury fans that his side have so much more to give in Saturday’s massive FA Vase semi-final second leg.

Whites trail by the narrowest of margins, with Mustapha Bundu’s goal for the Bulls early in the second half the difference.

But the manager insists his side will get it out of their systems quickly this week before returning to their true selves for Saturday’s epic in front of a probable Ray Mac sell-out of around 3,300 to decide who goes to Wembley.

“Hereford are a decent side. The best we have played all season,” said Steve. “It was the right result and they just about deserved to win the game. The tie overall is a different matter, though.

“It was a very quiet dressing room afterwards. We are not used to losing and not accustomed to dealing with it. People were a lot more disappointed than they should have been.

“But I said, ‘Hold on – we’ve got another 90 minutes to go and win this.’ I will be getting across to them again at training tomorrow night that we’ve got another opportunity and a massive one at that, being just a goal down.”

It was the first time since the opening day of the season seven months ago that Whites have failed to score – a run of 41 games in between – and, Steve pointed out, the first time that the strongest side he could have picked on the day has lost away from home, the other two defeats coming in cup competitions with the squad being rotated.

“I’m pleased to see they don’t like losing,” added Steve. “We didn’t play as well as we can, we know that. There were for or five or five who weren’t where we need them to be and didn’t do themselves justice.

“I think one or two took a step back away from home. That won’t be happening again. At home we will take a step forward. There is so much more to come.

“If we are going out – and I don’t think we are – we are going out having a right go. We will ask far more questions of them in the home leg. It will be higher tempo and we will test them a lot more. Come hell or high water, we won’t be leaving anything out there.”

Now Steve wants to see the Ray Mac rocking the way Edgar Street was on Saturday with 4,683 people inside, a great following of just under 600 from Salisbury.

“I want to see all our tickets sold this week,” he said. “You saw the atmosphere at Hereford and what it meant to their support. They were passionate to say the least. We want that now.

“Our fans need to give us the backing. The boys said how fantastic the support from our fans was up at Hereford. Now we need to ramp that up four times over and sell our 2,500 tickets.

“How many times is being 90 minutes away from Wembley going to happen in Salisbury’s history after all?”


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