Hornchurch manager McFarlane proud of his side in Chelmsford defeat
PUBLISHED: 14:00 01 November 2017
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Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane is proud of his men despite crashing out of the Essex Senior Cup with a 3-2 defeat to reigning champions Chelmsford City.
The Urchins fell to a third straight defeat despite leading 2-0 at half-time with goals from Brad Warner and George Purcell thanks to three second-half goals from the National League South high-flyers at Bridge Avenue last night.
“I was proud of my boys, after Saturday there was a big cloud over everyone in the changing room, but that’s been lifted,” he said.
“I’m never happy to be beat but I don’t think we could have done much more.
“Just before they scored we hit the crossbar and Brad missed one from about half a yard but our first-half display was as good as we’ve played all season.
“Second-half people say we sat back but they’re a top three conference south side, so they upped it a bit and looked a better side.”
McFarlane admits the game was a real even affair but believes the referee pushed the game in their favour with little decisions.
“It was fairly even but for me the referee spoilt it, as I thought he was so bias towards them.
“They’re a massive club and probably the biggest non-league club in Essex and I just think he crumbled and gave them everything.
“No reflection on the score or the game he just gave them everything.
“They were standing in front of the goalie and moving and you’re not allowed to do that no more and they done it.
“He spoilt what should have been a good game.
“It was the little niggling things, he pulled us up for taking two steps on a throw-in and yet they walked ten yards every time they had a throw in all night long.”
The boss heaped praise on his goal scorers Warner and Purcell for their performances and getting his side off to a strong start.
“Brad could have had another one in the end,” McFarlane said.
“The one thing you can guarantee about them is no matter how bad they play they’re going to get goals.
“There performance was as good as I’ve seen all year from the pair of them, especially Brad as he had a little dip in form, but he looked a proper player.”