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Hornchurch boss happy to get past Romford

PUBLISHED: 07:50 04 September 2017 | UPDATED: 07:50 04 September 2017

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane admitted he was delighted to see his side get past Romford in their FA Cup derby at Ship Lane.

Nathan Cooper’s 18th-minute header against his former club proved enough for a 1-0 win and £3,000 in prize money.

And McFarlane revealed he would’ve accepted that scoreline prior to kick-off, as Urchins now wait to see who they will face in the second qualifying round.

He said: “I was pleased with the performance in the first half and absolutely delighted with the outcome.

“I would’ve taken 1-0 beforehand, I knew it was going to be tough and we didn’t anything for granted.

“In the first half it looked like we were in total control and we were always going to be the next team to score.

“In the second half, I thought we were still comfortable but in the last 10 minutes it became a bit nervy because they were putting some good balls in the box.

“If it was 2-0 with 10 minutes to go I would’ve been sitting down for most of it because I felt we were comfortable for long periods.”

Another success in the cup, having knocked out Brentwood in the previous round, maintains Hornchurch’s early-season momentum, with McFarlane’s men topping the Bostik North table with a 100 per cent record.

And the manager is hoping they can keep the run going for as long as possible, even if it means putting substance over style.

He added: “That’s six wins on the bounce now, with four clean sheets and the two goals (conceded) were a mistake and a deflection. I’d be being greedy if I was asking for any more than that!

“I would take scrappy 1-0 wins for the rest of the season, because if we did that someone would have to be having an unbelievable season to finish above us and we still haven’t got going yet.

“I think we’re doing okay. We’ve got new players in the side, I’m highly delighted.”

One of those new faces, Jay Porter, produced an eye-catching display at left-back, but McFarlane revealed his pick for man of the match was a generally unsung hero.

He said: “A few of the directors have a laugh and say I always compliment the grafters. I look at the defenders because I was a defender.

“We looked very comfortable. I think we’ve got the best defence in the league, whatever five I put out.

“Jed Chouman was my man of the match and Jay Porter was very, very close behind him.

“Just for the ground Jed covered, he won loads of ball, he passed it well, he won headers, which has been a weakness for him, he didn’t lose a header.

“Fans like players with loads of tricks and flair, but managers like the ones that do the same thing week in week out. That’s what wins you leagues, the seven and a half out of 10 every week, rather than five one week and nine the other.”

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