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‘Worst defeat’ for Hornchurch boss

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO) Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

George Sessions
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
2:44 PM

McFarlane laments loss to lowly Cray

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Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane described his side’s painful Ryman Premier Division defeat to Cray Wanderers as the worst of his managerial career.

McFarlane was hugely disappointed that his side couldn’t find the motivation required to defeat the basement boys at Bridge Avenue.

He said: “It is the worst defeat, it feels like, in the four years I have been doing this.

“The performance and everything about it. Without being too disrespectful to them – they are the worst side we have played in four years.

“If we can’t beat them at home then we’ve got major problems.

“To be successful in football, and I have done it, you have to be hungry for every single game. You have to treat every single game like this is your last and they didn’t.

“I thought Cray thoroughly deserved their victory. They were better than us all over the park. They were hungrier, stronger, quicker to the ball and had more desire.”

George Purcell headed Hornchurch into the lead midway through the first half, but Dave Rainford was given his marching orders in the second period and the visitors took advantage.

McFarlane refused to criticise Purcell too much after he missed an excellent chance late on with the scores level and agreed with Rainford’s dismissal.

“He gets a great goal in the first half with a harder opportunity and if ever a goal was made for George Purcell it was that one,” added McFarlane.

“Forwards are going to miss goals though and I don’t want to be disrespectful, but we shouldn’t be concerned about chances missed against Cray Wanderers.

“I made (Rainford’s red card) the same as the referee. There was three fouls in the lead-up because we wanted to wrestle with people rather than attack the ball.

“I was a long way away, but from where I was it looked, well it was a foul, and it did look like he was the last man.”

Hornchurch have two more home games coming up against play-off rivals Maidstone and Dulwich on Saturday and Tuesday, respectively, but McFarlane believes league titles are won and lost on nights against the likes of Cray.

He added: “These are where your leagues are won and lost. Where you have to create your own atmosphere and get the game flowing to suit you.

“Anyone can get up for those games against Maidstone and Dulwich, but these are the (key) matches against the likes of Cray.

“Rickie Hayles and Elliot Styles put shifts in like they do nine times out of ten, but they stood alone in the desire stakes.”

Attention now turns to Romford’s Ryman One North campaign tonight as they play host to table-topping VCD Athletic at Ship Lane.

In-form Boro are bidding for their fourth win in six days, following successes over Waltham Abbey (1-0), Wroxham (3-0) and Soham Town Rangers (2-0).

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