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McFarlane’s still learning as Margate come to town

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane.  Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

Friday, December 13, 2013
11:00 AM

Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane admits there is still plenty to learn for him in management as he prepares the Urchins to take on the side which marked his managerial bow.

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They welcome Margate to Bridge Avenue tomorrow (Saturday), with the reverse fixture being his opening game at the helm back in 2009.

And though the time has flown by for McFarlane, he admits he is still learning all the time.

“I remember the Margate game well, it was 0-0, but it was one of the better 0-0s I’ve managed,” said McFarlane.

“There have been plenty of good times over the years and though there has been a few lows you are always learning every single week.”

McFarlane went to watch the then managerless Margate on Tuesday in their 2-0 loss to Billericay Town.

And the Urchins boss hoped they don’t appoint someone between now and tomorrow, though they did just that and announced former AFC Wimbledon boss Terry Brown as their new manager.

“I watched them on Tuesday and we can’t take them for granted just because they haven’t got a manager,” he added.

“I’ll be slightly more worries if they appoint someone before the game as that’s when you tend to get more out of players, who are trying to impress the new boss.

“But like every week, it’ll be another tough Ryman Premier game.”

McFarlane was frustrated at the postponement of Tuesday’s game at Hampton & Richmond Borough, after electrical problems in the area, having picked up a 1-0 win on Saturday courtesy of Stefan Payne’s 14th goal of the season.

The Urchins boss felt his side were good value for the three points, which keeps them top of the table going into this weekend’s matches.

“When you are on a good run you never want a game called off,” he said. “That now means the game will be played in January and that will make it eight matches in the month. That will be tough.

“It seemed as though we were waiting for things to happen in the first half at Hendon, but I spoke to the boys at half time and I got the response I wanted.

“It was definitely a game we deserved to win, we were always on top even though it took until the final 10 minutes for us to score.”

Stefan Payne scored the goal at Hendon – his 14th with the club - and with the likes of George Purcell and Carl Rook about, McFarlane believes having those three at his disposal is one of his best ever headaches.

“All three can create something out of nothing,” he said. “When one is having an off day one of the other two always raises their game.

“It’s great to have so many options in the final third and it’s the greatest headache to have as a manager.”

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