United look to resist backlash
Hereford United manager Graham Turner is hoping that his side can resist a backlash from Telford United at Edgar Street tomorrow, kick off 3pm.
Bucks boss Jake King was furious after his side were denied two late penalties, and the Bulls went home with a 1-0 win.
"I'm expecting some kind of a backlash from Telford and they are going to be looking for revenge so we have to guard against that," said Turner in the Evening News. "I thought for long periods of the game on Boxing Day we dominated which was borne out by the fact that we had 15 corners."
Michael Rose should return, as could Jamie Pitman after recovering from a knee injury. Matt Clarke will also continue, despite being rocked by the news that he will require knee surgery within the next few weeks.
"Matt's been struggling with a knee problem that is not going to get any better and we will lose him in the next few weeks for surgery," continued Turner, who is very pleased with his side's team spirit. "Even when we picked up just one point in 18 that confidence wasn't rocked. There is a self belief about the team that is paying dividends and shows that we can live with anybody in the Conference."
Telford are likely to start Paul Pettinger in goal, after he was loaned from Lincoln City to cover for Paul Edwards, whilst Martin Barlow, Gary Fitzpatrick and Steve Palmer all return after suspension. However, Palmer is a doubt with a hamstring problem whilst Jordan King has to overcome a facial injury. Attacker Grant Brown is definitely out.
Jake King told the Shropshire Star: "We have got doubts about Steve and Jordan so we will just have to have a look at them in the morning. Palmer felt his hamstring tighten during the first Hereford game while Jordan has still got a nasty scab on his lip after the clash at Chester.
"Grant's ankle is worse than we thought so he will be out for another two weeks so it will be important for us to have at least one of the midfielders fit tomorrow.
"I have seen Hereford a lot this season and they are a very well organised and disciplined. But there is not much between the two sides and that was shown when we met last week.
"We will be looking to get one over them tomorrow and hopefully we can start another run again. If we can stay relatively injury free I am still convinced we will finish in the top ten and maybe a little bit higher."