Hornchurch ‘not good enough’
12:00 20 April 2014
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McFarlane angered by home defeat
Jimmy McFarlane admitted Hornchurch’s performance against Hampton & Richmond Borough wasn’t “good enough” as a 3-2 home defeat at Bridge Avenue harmed their hopes of achieving a Ryman Premier Division play-off position.
Goals from George Purcell and Rickie Hayles helped the hosts recover from 2-0 down, but Ben Harris completed his hat-trick with ten minutes remaining and McFarlane is unhappy with his side’s frequent inconsistent performances.
“Our performance? Not good enough, simply not good enough,” a disappointed McFarlane said.
“First half we were lazy, lacklustre. I can’t defend their performances.
“I thought there was more chances (to come after equalising) but then we give another crap goal away and it knocks you for six.
“That is why we haven’t won this league because we are so inconsistent. We’ve got too many players who are inconsistent.
“People like Frankie Curley, Rickie and Elliot Styles perform every week. The rest are so hit and miss and that is the reason we have gone down to fourth.
“I still think we have got a great chance of finishing second, but not playing like that.”
McFarlane was less than enthused with the defending of his side and all three Hampton goals could be put down to errors.
Inigo Echepare gave away a needless penalty following a rush of blood, after Curley had conceded possession initially, and Phil Starkey committed himself against the rapid Luke Wanadio, who duly set up Harris for the second.
McFarlane voiced his frustration at the display of referee Anthony Da Costa, but did not use the performance of the official as an excuse for his side’s poor showing.
He added: “Whether the referee is a disgrace, or not, you don’t deserve nothing at all (conceding three at home).
“I’m fed up talking about referees. I just think they are absolutely woeful and this is from a manager whose team is having a good season.
“But what we should be saying is that the referee was woeful in a 2-0 home win, that is what we should be saying so we can’t blame the referee for our mistakes.
“The first goal – terrible decision by Inigo (to come out). He comes out lethargic and Frank gave the ball away for that one too.
“George (Purcell) gives the ball away for the second and then Starks dives in and the last one Elliot’s man gets lost in the box and he scores.
“I have to pick all of them up, but I go home and it ruins my weekend. The best thing for me is that we have a game Monday versus Canvey, that is the best thing.”