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Foyle aims for reaction after poor Bulls show
12:00pm Friday 14th September 2012 in Sport By Steve Carley - Midlands Sports Journalist of the Year 2013, @stevecarleyWN
MANAGER Martin Foyle says he won’t be afraid to shake-up his Hereford United team as they aim for victory at Dartford tomorrow (3pm).
The Bulls suffered one of their heaviest defeats in recent times last Saturday when they were beaten 5-2 at newly-promoted Hyde, despite having led through Ryan Bowman’s early strike.
It was a result few would have predicted and has led to a week of picking the performance apart on the training ground.
Foyle has acted by signing defender Byron Anthony following his release from Bristol Rovers, a player who was on loan at the Bulls last season.
The United boss is now expecting his team to respond as they seek their second away win of the Blue Square Bet Premier campaign.
“It’s been a nightmare week for me personally and my coaching staff,” he said. “It hurts and it has hurt the players which is the most important thing.
“The reaction in training has been very positive and we certainly won’t let that happen again.
“I won’t be afraid to change a winning side or a losing side. You have always got to look for a response at any level after defeats and I always say the good players bounce back.
“We know Dartford will probably be a harder game than Hyde but we have been through the Hyde game defensively and from a midfield point of view — we were not closing down.”
After conceding five goals at Ewen Fields, centre-half Michael Townsend could be recalled having missed the last two games with a back complaint.
Winger Marley Watkins has not played since the loss at Newport but is also in contention following an ankle problem, while striker Marlon Jackson is training again having recovered from an ankle injury.