Hereford boss Russell Slade spoke to the media after the 2-0 setback at Gateshead, admitting that the club still hasn’t got a striker who can score goals consistently.

“I thought we were the better side first half,” said Slade. “I spoke to their manager and he thought we were the better said first half, certainly between the two boxes.”

“The goal is very disappointing because it shouldn’t have been a corner in the first place and they I think it’s second, third phase and we’ve not picked and he’s finished with an easy enough header to go in and give them an advantage at half-time.

“Second period, game has opened up a little bit. The two teams have had a lot of football recently and we were trying to get back in the game, obviously we did everything we could to try and get back in the game, I can’t fault the effort of the players.

“Just disappointed with the second goal because it’s almost like we stopped on it and Ben Pollock had done so well to slide in and get the interception in the first place.

“We didn’t create enough chances for sure, we got into some really good areas in the final third, probably didn’t find that cross or that shot or that slide to undo Gateshead this afternoon.

“There were some good things but it’s the nitty-gritty in both ends of the pitch that count at the end of the day.”

Slade was asked ‘is that the difference between being near the play-offs and where you find yourselves at the moment?’

“Yes, totally. Most of those teams have probably got a striker that has maybe got 12/15 goals at this stage of the season, we haven’t got that at the minute. We are trying to chip in from different areas.”

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