Cheltenham manager Mark Yates admitted his side did not do enough to see off neighbours Hereford and book an FA Cup third-round date with Everton following their 1-1 draw.
The Robins dominated the early chances with Steve Elliott and Kaid Mohamed going close before Shaun Harrad flicked home a low Jermaine McGlashan cross for the 16th-minute opener. Hereford levelled with their first attack of the game on 20 minutes. Josh O'Keefe blasted home from 10 yards after his initial header had been palmed away.
"We didn't deserve to lose but didn't do enough to win the game," Robins boss Yates admitted.
"I thought we started really well. We moved it quickly and we moved it with a purpose but once they scored we didn't do it enough. They sat deep and made it difficult for us. In the second half we didn't really play with enough quality, enough tempo or pace to our game to create enough chances.
"We weren't as good as we wanted to be but we were the team doing all the pressing. We were trying to make things happen. They worked really hard and all credit to them for that.
"No-one in our dressing room thought it was going to be easy but it's disappointing because we didn't apply ourselves. They played well but we can play better and we need to do that in the replay. We are a disappointed dressing room and they are doing a lap of honour but we are still in it."
Hereford manager Martin Foyle was full of praise for his young side. He said: "They are young boys learning the game and I think they rose to the occasion. There were 1,300 supporters behind the goal and they certainly gave us a lift.
"We thought they would come at us and try and unsettle us. The goal has gone in but the response was great. And when our goal went in there was belief. The pitch was absolutely magnificent and I think that was a factor in our good play.
"I said to the midfield three that if they won the battle we would have a chance - if not then in (Darren) Carter and (Marlon) Pack they have very good football players who can hurt you.
"Cheltenham are big physical side who like the long throw and I thought we dealt with it well. The only criticism of the boys is that when we do break into that final third we don't get the ball across goal or hit the target."
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