Hereford manager Graham Turner has offered an honest assessment of the club's fortunes in 2008 as the new year approaches.

The Bulls won automatic promotion to League One back to May, an achievement that secured football in the third tier of the English ladder for the first time since 1978. However, they currently lie 23rd in the table after a testing first half to the campaign.

"I think first of all we started the year with the FA Cup and the game against Cardiff, where I thought we put on a good display and were unlucky not to have got a draw out of it," said Turner on the club's official website.

"Then as the season progressed our quest for promotion materialised and we finally did it, great celebrations, very enjoyable.

"A disappointing close season in as much as I missed one or two players that I should have got, notably Gary Hooper.

"But sometimes things change and you're not always in control of your own destiny. Other clubs came in and took him from under our nose by offering a lot more money.

"As we've added one or two loan players, the injuries we've had have been a little bit upsetting when you look at some of the experienced players we've brought in and they haven't lasted long. Things like that haven't helped.

"There is a coming to terms with the extra quality in League One but there is room for encouragement in the way we've played in quite a number of games this season.

"And then coming into the new year, a couple of good results against Colchester and Hartlepool. If we can continue that now into the new year then we'll be quite pleased."

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