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McFarlane refuses to blame referee for Hornchuch loss

11:04 07 April 2014

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane refused to blame the performance of the referee Carl Pearse following their Ryman Premier defeat to Hendon at Bridge Avenue on Saturday, and instead criticised Urchins’ display.

The hosts went ahead when George Purcell slotted home a debatable spot kick before Tony Taggart equalised early in the second half.

Leon Smith converted the Hendon winner from the spot but Urchins were denied what appeared a stonewall penalty when Michael Spencer was clattered inside the box

McFarlane was disappointed, saying: “We shouldn’t be talking about the incompetence of the referee because they are all incompetent. I think we have got ourselves to blame.

“We had a good start, 1-0 up at half time, and then I just thought they were hungrier than us all over the park. Hendon were the better side – first and second half.

“I thought, except for about 10 minutes, we were second best. Everything that I had predicted at half time, happened.

“They wanted it more than us and that is unbelievable considering where we are in the league.”

The referees’ failure to award Urchins a second spot kick was the main talking point and the reaction after a foul was given in favour of the visitors told the story.

Hendon match winner Smith was stunned not to see a penalty awarded, while one member of Hendon’s bench admitted it was a disgrace not to give a penalty against his side.

McFarlane believes everyone is to blame though, adding: “It was laughable and I’m to blame and we are all to blame because no one ever does anything about it.

“If you win and they are awful you give them a 6 so you don’t have to write a report.

“They all do it, all the secretaries, because otherwise they have to write a report up but until everyone starts going ‘hold up here’ we are going to have this rubbish because that was laughable, absolutely laughable.

“The linesman thought it was a stonewall penalty as well. He can get involved more but he has been told not to. I asked him and apparently he has only been told to give offsides and throws.”

Hornchurch fortunately held on to third place in the league, but Urchins’ manager believes they missed an opportunity.

“We could have made it a lot harder for everyone else but they all won on Saturday,” he added. “We are still in a good position but it makes it tighter.”

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