Hereford United change approach - Adam Bartlett

Adam Bartlett
Adam Bartlett was an ever-present for Hereford United in the 2010-11 season

Hereford United goalkeeper Adam Bartlett says the club will learn from the mistakes of last year's pre-season.

Bartlett believes they focused too heavily on winning the opening game of last season against Crewe.

"Too much emphasis was put on the Crewe game and we went into that like it was an FA Cup final," he said.

"We won the game and it was as if we felt we had achieved something but there were still 45 games to go."

That win at Gresty Road proved a false dawn as United went on a terrible run of form that culminated in manager Simon Davey being sacked in October.

Bartlett is confident manager Jamie Pitman and assistant Russell Hoult will have learned important lessons from last season.

"From the Crewe game it obviously went drastically down hill for the next 10-12 games," he said.

"Jamie took over and he did ever so well so I am looking forward to what his ideas are throughout pre-season.

"We are looking forward to giving it a much better go this year."

Bartlett acknowledges the contribution made by the Bulls' former first-team coach Dave Kevan who has left the club for a role at Stoke City.

While Kevan was only with United for a matter of months, Bartlett says his contribution in that time should not be underestimated.

"Dave was a fantastic coach and a fantastic guy who was always full of smiles and he was always bubbly every day," he said.

"That rubs off on people as sometimes you could come in and think 'I don't feel great today' and then you would see Dave with that big smile on his face.

"We wish him all the best as Dave deserves to be in and around a Premier League club and he will be fantastic for Stoke City."