Hornchurch manager McFarlane pleased to mark 460th match with a victory

PUBLISHED: 10:30 05 December 2017

Manager Jimmy McFarlane marked his 460th game in charge against AFC Sudbury (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Manager Jimmy McFarlane marked his 460th game in charge against AFC Sudbury (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane marked his 460th game in charge with a 1-0 victory against AFC Sudbury.

Nathan Cooper celebrating his goal against AFC Sudbury (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)Nathan Cooper celebrating his goal against AFC Sudbury (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

McFarlane has now become the longest serving Urchins manager beating Arthur Wenborn who managed the club for 459 games.

Defender Nathan Cooper fired the only goal of the game midway through the second half to secure the points and stretch their lead at the top of the Bostik North.

“460 games in charge and 460,000 more grey hairs,” McFarlane joked.

“It was quite funny really, we were sitting in the dugout and I could hear someone talking in the background and I was talking to the physio, and he said clap so I started clapping with everyone else and I looked at Colin (McBride) and he said they’re clapping for you, you div.

“Any accolade in football is brilliant and I’m proud to reach that milestone.”

The manager McFarlane was pleased with the performances and believes it should have a way bigger score line than 1-0.

“To be fair, I was writing my programme notes and it’s probably the most convincing 1-0 win as you’re likely to see, as we were never in any danger.

“They had one shot that hit the crossbar, we missed five or six glorious chances and the game should have been over at half-time.

“Not very often I go into writing to say about what other managers comments, but their manager thought they bossed the game for an hour and was the better side and deserved something, well he must be delusional as I’m always honest and probably over critical but it was so one sided.

“We carried on where we left off Tuesday night, but we just didn’t take our chances.”

The former free-scoring defender praised centre-back Nathan Cooper who continues to get on the score sheet and has already netted five this season.

“To be pretty honest with you, I’ve said for a couple of years now, whoever we play at centre half they don’t lose many balls in the air but they weren’t getting on the end of things in the other penalty area, but Nathan has got five now.

“He could end up with double figures plus, which will be brilliant.”

Urchins have now kept five sheets in their last six matches and McFarlane is delighted with his side’s defensive work.

“I read somewhere that’s five clean sheets out of six, which is brilliant and when you’re keeping clean sheets you’ve always got half a chance.”


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