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Hornchurch put in a terrific display on Tuesday night to defeat local rivals Dagenham & Redbridge in the quarter-finals of the Essex Senior Cup and it left boss Jimmy McFarlane a satisfied man.

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The Hornchurch manager praised his team’s performance against the League Two side and was pleased to get a response following three straight league defeats.

“I know I am always bias but I thought we thoroughly deserved it. I thought we were the better side first and second half.,” he said.

“Our defending was superb, I wouldn’t want to single one person out. Rickie (Hayles) and Elliot (Styles) have been good all year and Billy Coyne tonight was outstanding.

“Joe (May) come into the side and did really well, Frank (Curley) looked more like himself, Sam (Lechmere) did really well and Leigh Bremner.

“Stefan Payne looked like he was getting back to how he was and bare in mind the pitch was awful.

“I asked for a response tonight and it was top drawer stuff.”

As McFarlane alluded too, the pitch wasn’t great. It had survived a pitch inspection earlier in the day and that surprised the Urchins boss.

Once it went on though he conceded to being worried after Hornchurch failed to capitalise on some decent first half opportunities

McFarlane said: “I thought it was unplayable, I thought it was a terrible call and both sides struggled to string passes together. It was a good game of football considering how bad the pitch was.

“It worried me a little first half because we got into some great positions and could have scored a couple of times.

“That has been the story of our last two weeks. We start well, concede a sloppy goal and then fall back on our heels and get put on the back foot.

“And against a side with full time professionals and a lot of first teamers you think you are going to get punished but I think we deserved it. “

McFarlane hopes his players take confidence from the win against a Daggers team that included five players who have played in League Two this season.

“It is so frustrating for me as the manager because I know what they are capable of,” added Hornchurch’s manager.

“I know we can play well but we haven’t done so recently.”

Urchins join Concord Rangers, Braintree Town and Colchester United or Thurrock in the hat for the semi-finals for tomorrow’s draw, but McFarlane isn’t fussed who his side face.

“There is some big clubs still in it,” he added. “Braintree and Colchester. Concord are flying but we have got as good a chance as any of them of winning it.”

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