December 21 2013 Latest news:
Monday, October 28, 2013
Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane admitted that his team would have to pick themselves up after being knocked out of the FA Cup at the hands of Hereford United on Saturday.
The Urchins lost 1-0 at Bridge Avenue after Josh O’Keefe scored for the Bulls two minutes into injury time and McFarlane admitted that it was a hard loss to take.
“It was a real kick in the teeth, I just couldn’t see them scoring towards the end,” he said.
“My players were adamant the goal was offside but I’m not going to comment on the decision, it’s hard for me to say from my position.
“Alex Bentley doesn’t get irate at the best of times, he is a quiet lad but he was absolutely livid.”
McFarlane praised his team’s spirit and work ethic after they matched the Conference Premier side all through the fourth qualifying tie.
“I don’t think anybody didn’t have a good game today,” he added.
“I thought the back four were outstanding, the midfield three and the front line worked really hard. The little things just didn’t quite happen but they all put a shift in.”
The hosts were forced to play the majority of the second half with only 10 men after skipper Elliot Styles was sent off for a late challenge on Chris Bush.
And the Urchins boss had no complaints with the red card but believed that it didn’t affect the match in a negative way for his team.
“It was as blatant a red card as you were going to see,” admitted McFarlane.
“Elliot has some complaints but when you get sent off you always do, everyone else around said he was miles late.
“I was absolutely delighted with the structure that they kept after the sending off. We got stronger and anyone would have thought we were the full team side.
“That’s what happens in football, you don’t get what you deserve sometimes and that works both ways. Unfortunately, today that’s what happened to us.”
The Urchins will host Bowers and Pitsea on Tuesday night in the Essex Senior Cup before travelling to Lowestoft at the weekend in their first league game in almost a month.
McFarlane said: “We’ll make a few changes for Tuesday. Some of the boys are coming back from injury and need some minutes. I won’t be taking the game lightly but we’ll rotate the squad.
“There is a long way to go in the league but if we work like we did and with the quality we have we’ll be alright.”