Hornchurch boss McFarlane wanted more
12:00 26 March 2014
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Manager reflects on Dulwich draw
Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane accepted his side’s 1-1 draw with Dulwich was a fair result, but was left wishing his players could have capitalised on their first half dominance at Bridge Avenue.
Urchins started the Ryman Premier Division clash magnificently and went ahead through Stefan Payne’s exceptional strike, but the visitors raised their level after the break before equalising with 13 minutes remaining.
McFarlane was left with mixed emotions, saying: “I’m disappointed because I thought we started ever so well.
“We was at a good tempo, playing some good football and then I changed those 10 players at half time and sent another team out!
“We just didn’t get going again second half, although lately when we haven’t got going I’ve thought we looked a bit shaky defensively, but we were solid.”
Urchins might have snatched a late winner when substitute Martin Tuohy played through George Purcell, but the striker could not accept the chance.
McFarlane added: “It was probably a fair result, a game of two halves and even though their goalie has only had two saves to make; at the end if you want that chance to fall for anybody it is George on his left foot, but he’s got 29 goals so who I am to moan about him missing.”
Tuohy was making his return from an injury sustained in pre-season that has restricted him to just one appearance in Urchins colours so far this term.
And McFarlane revealed he was slightly concerned after introducing the forward, adding: “I was worried he might break down again.
“Touch wood he is fine and we have him for the rest of the run-in now. He was the only one who played the ball into space all night. It is great to have him back.”
McFarlane also praised Payne, who opened the scoring, before admitting he wasn’t pleased with the visitors equaliser from Kevin James.
“It was a great strike and the thing with Stefan is he takes his shots so early that he doesn’t allow the keeper a moment to set himself,” he added.
“But I was annoyed with the equaliser because it was only ever going in one place. I don’t mind us leaving one spare, but fill the space.
“We’ll be working on that in training. We haven’t conceded many like that this season so we’ll work on that Thursday.”