A stunning winning goal highlighted just what a valuable signing David Syers has proved to be for Bradford City.
The former Farsley Celtic and Harrogate Town midfield player, who is top scorer with six League and cup goals, put City on the road to victory against League 2 bottom club Hereford United, ending a run of four matches without win, with a 25-yard, right foot shot which flew into the net off the inside of the post.
Boss Peter Taylor said: "David scores goals with his energy, he gets them in the air and also with his long shots. When you are in non-league football there is always a jump into the League, but he was well worth the opportunity."
Unfortunately for City, Syers' goal was as good as it got and Hereford took charge in the last 30 minutes as the Bantams were forced to hang on to their slender lead under increasing pressure from the visitors, who felt they were unfortunate not to earn a share of the points.
Taylor criticised his team for not adding to their lead – the nearest they came to scoring a second goal was when Omar Daley hit the post in the 61st minute.
"I am delighted with the three points but not with the performance," he said. "I felt we had two very good opportunities to score a second goal, but Tom Adeyemi and Omar Daley missed our best chances.
"If we had scored a second goal I think we would have pushed on, but when it is only 1-0 it is a very close situation. That is why you need a second goal. Hereford were miles better than us in the second half."