Hornchurch boss McFarlane gutted with Dereham defeat
PUBLISHED: 14:00 25 October 2017
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Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane is gutted to lose their first Bostik North match of the 2017/18 season.
The Urchins suffered a 1-0 defeat to new league leaders Dereham Town as a first-half goal from Ryan Crisp was enough to steal the three points at Bridge Avenue.
“I’m gutted, absolutely gutted,” he said.
“We were never going to go the whole season unbeaten, so I’m more gutted with our first-half performance because I thought we were awful.
“It was a game of two halves, how we haven’t got something out of that, but if you’re only going to play for the half the game you’re not going to win the game.”
Hornchurch came out strong in the second-half and created a bundle of chances and the manager admits he said some strong words at half-time.
“You wouldn’t write this down in the newspaper,” he joked.
“I just told them a few own truths, it wasn’t acceptable, we looked tired and leggy and were lacking in energy.
“When you evaluate it afterwards, we weren’t leggy second-half, it just seemed like everyone was waiting for someone else.”
McFarlane admitted he was pleased with the way his side played after the half-time but was disappointed not to score from the amount of chances they created.
“It just wasn’t good enough first-half, but I thought we were excellent second-half, I really did.
“Anyone can score goals, not just your goal scorers and we could have had five or six different scorers, but we just didn’t hit the target.
“The disappointing thing is we didn’t make the goalie make any flying last ditch saves and tip things in and around the posts, we were just missing the target.
“It’s not just the ones that have been scoring, its other people as well.
“Theo Fairweather-Johnson had two great chances, Brad Warner had one, Tobi Joseph had one, and a couple others had some as well.”
The former defender also heaped praised on Dereham for their performance against his side.
“They’re a good side to be fair, not taking anything away from them.
“They’re the best side we’ve played this year.”
The match was delayed by thirty minute due to their opponents being stuck in traffic and McFarlane admits it was frustrating as it was hard to prepare for the match.
“I don’t know is the answer to that, but it seemed to give them more than it did us.
“It was frustrating because we were told two or three different times of arrival, so we went out three times, but that’s not an excuse for the way that we played.”