BRADFORD (Park Avenue) boss Mark Bower believes his team deserved more in their 1-1 draw at Hereford as they went 11 points adrift at the foot of the Vanarama National League North.

Despite conceding another early goal through Jason Pope's third-minute strike, Avenue responded in great fashion with Nicky Clee bagging an equaliser.

Although, Hereford missed a penalty in the second period, the visitors had several opportunities to take the lead.

Bower praised the Bulls goalkeeper and was proud with his players for coming back against a team who have only lost twice at home this season.

He said: "I thought we were the team who deserved to win it, we were in complete controlled the first half.

"How cruel this game is to us at the moment, a deflected shot goes past Joe (Green) in the corner and you think here we go again.

"We dominated the ball creating good chances and felt we needed to be in front if we had a chance to win the game going into that second half.

"It didn’t turn out like that though because we had some really good opportunities on the counter attack.

"We got that little bit of luck with the lad (Victor Soidiende) missing the penalty, from then we looked solid enough to keep them out.

"Their goalkeeper is probably man of the match pulled off a couple of good saves.

"Ultimately we have been done from a deflected shot, a massive stroke of luck for them, disappointed not to get the win but at least we have something to take away from our efforts."

After relegation rivals Blyth Spartans and Curzon Ashton played out a 2-1 victory in the home side's favour, Bradford find themselves 10 points away from the 21st placed side.

Although Bower remains confident that his team can still beat the drop, he added: "We are coming here today to a team with a good home record and more than matched them.

"We have got to turn these good performances into points and we have started that today.

"We know we need the three points quick but it is going to be tough against Brackley and Altrincham so it doesn’t get any easier."