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Wednesday, October 2, 2013
McFarlane sees Urchins hit top spot
A half-time talk from manager Jimmy McFarlane was enough to inspire Hornchurch to all three points against Carshalton to send them top of the Ryman Premier Division for the first time this season last night.
Urchins boss McFarlane admitted it was a hard-fought win against a side lying 22nd in the table, but will take those types of wins all year.
“That was hard work, very hard work,” said McFarlane.
“We just didn’t get going first half, I think we looked at their league position. I had told them how tough it would be.
“Second half, little change, a few little words at half-time and different side. We could’ve won by more but I’ll take 2-1.
“We keep ironing out these wins and I’ll take that all year.”
After taking the lead through Carl Rook early on, Hornchurch didn’t look in danger of conceding until a lack of concentration punished them.
Captain Elliot Styles mishit a clearance and Inigo Echepare didn’t get a strong enough hand on Alex Addai’s strike and it was level.
McFarlane added: “Two mistakes for the goal, Elliot miskicks it and Inigo, who is normally very, very good low down, got a good hand to it, but it squirmed past him.
“Two mistakes so I suppose if you don’t make the first one, the second doesn’t happen.
“They’ve both got to take a share of that.”
Carshalton appeared to let Urchins have as much time on the ball as they wanted and this worked against the home side.
Nevertheless, they got the win in the end and a cheerful McFarlane was left with the good emotion of being disappointed with the performance despite being top.
He added: “We are top of the league and disappointed!
“I think they let us play and we had too long on the ball.
“You’ve got to be a proper player to be able to hold the ball for five, six, seven or eight seconds and not give it away afterwards.
“They responded well at half time and we got the win.”
Hull City manager Steve Bruce believes that Arsenal have the ability to win the league this season.