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Hornchurch boss McFarlane believes clash with Romford is about pride

PUBLISHED: 12:00 31 January 2018

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane says it’s about pride and honour as they clash with their neighbours Romford.

The Urchins will travel to Ship Lane this evening (7.45pm) as they look to continue setting the pace in the Bostik North and stretching their lead at the top.

McFarlane’s men currently lead the league by ten points and will be keen to make it 13 but the boss believes form counts for nothing in a derby match.

“To be perfectly honest with you, it’s a local derby, so form and league positions go out the window,” he said.

“It’s a bit like the Manchester and Merseyside derbies, it’s about pride and honour.

“My biggest worry is which team turns up for us, but every now and again Romford get some really good and surprising results, and let’s hope they can start doing more of it.

“I know it means so much to the supporters but for me I’ll just be looking for another three points to go on and earn promotion.”

The manager McFarlane revealed Romford are always a bit of unknown as they are constantly forced to change their squad throughout the season.

“Paul struggles to maintain people because of the lack of funds, so he has to rotate people and bring new people in, but they’ve got some good players.

“They’ve got a couple that I like and have liked for quite some time in people like Danny Cossington.

“The one thing I won’t be doing is taking them for granted as it will be a very tough game.”

They go into the match on the back of a late winner from top goal scorer George Purcell to earn them a 1-0 victory against Norwich United at Bridge Avenue on the weekend.

“To be totally honest with you I read a few comments about people’s opinions on the game and they surprised me a bit,” McFarlane said.

“The first-half was a really good performance and we were totally dominant, I mean we should have been two or three up at half-time, second-half weren’t so great as teams want to make it hard for us.

“First-half my staff and I were really pleased with what we’d done and we told them so as well.

“We just said keep doing what you’re doing as it’s going to come but we didn’t do the same in the second-half.”

He then went on to praise Purcell for his heroics in the 87th minute to steal the three points for his side.

“At the end of the day if you’re going to win a game by a single goal then make it one like George scored, that was an absolutely cracking goal.”

McFarlane also had plenty of praise for Norwich and believes they’re no longer looking like a side who will be relegated.

“They come into the game six games unbeaten and they’re not the same Norwich we beat down there 2-0 earlier in the season.

“I remember saying on that day and on that showing that they’re going down, but they’ve got some good players and a couple really good forwards, and they impressed me to be fair.

“They were hard to breakdown but as I say first-half we had three to four really good chances.”

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