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McFarlane: I would’ve taken a 1-0 win
Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane admitted he would have taken a 1-0 victory over Ryman Premier Division rivals Grays, but instead he was treated to a outstanding display from his side as they ran out 5-1 winners.
McFarlane’s in-form strikers did the damage once again, with Stefan Payne scoring twice and Leigh Bremner and Carl Rook also grabbing goals, before George Purcell assisted the fifth, an own goal by Junior Baker.
“I would’ve took 1-0 beforehand and I thought it was going to be a tough game,” said a delighted McFarlane.
“I keep saying if we keep clean sheets, which we haven’t done again, then we will score goals.
“We are blessed with some proper forwards. It was a good all round performance and the work rate improved.”
Payne missed a penalty before making up for it seconds later by smashing the ball into the top corner.
That meant McFarlane couldn’t criticise him too much, adding: “It was a great save by the goalie for the penalty, but Stefan shouldn’t be missing them, he certainly atoned for that ten seconds later.”
The work rate of the defence and midfield impressed Hornchurch’s manager as well.
With his side lining up in a 3-4-3 formation, the performances of central midfield duo, Joey May and Frankie Curley were praised.
“People will laugh, but I thought the work rate of the back three was excellent,” added McFarlane.
“My two central midfielders were outstanding all over the park, they worked so hard.
“Someone had a little grizzle down on our bench when Frankie gave the ball away in the 92nd minute and I said ‘give the boy a chance’.
“He broke everything up and has been doing that for years, Joe is still learning the game and will only get better.
“People tend to forget we are quite a young side still, so we have still got loads of learning to do, but it was a good performance.”
The only disappointment for Urchins was the goal conceded late on, and McFarlane warned they will have to cut that out.
He said: “I don’t like conceding goals because it could come down to goals against at the end of the season. This is going to be a very, very tight league.
“People say it is only a consolation but if we end up having to play in the play-offs, instead of winning the league because of goal difference, they’ll be the goals that count.”