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Norwich United clash is now must-win for Urchins after miserable week says Jimmy

PUBLISHED: 14:30 26 January 2018

Hornchurch attacker Bradley Warner and Barking'sTimi Abiola battle for the ball (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Hornchurch attacker Bradley Warner and Barking'sTimi Abiola battle for the ball (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane wants a response from his men and has called this weekend’s fixture against Norwich United a must-win.

Recent signing Christian Assombalonga in action for Hornchurch (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo) Recent signing Christian Assombalonga in action for Hornchurch (Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

The Urchins welcome the Bostik North strugglers to Bridge Avenue on Saturday (3pm) as they look to get back to winning ways and extend their seven-point lead at the top of the table.

But McFarlane’s men will have to end the Norfolk-based outfit’s seven-game unbeaten run, which dates back to December 16.

“I know this may sound silly, but Norwich becomes a must-win game because we’ve lost one and drawn one in our last two games, so we must get back to winning ways,” said McFarlane.

“I know they’re unbeaten in seven, but I haven’t done too much homework on them. I know they’ll come here and no doubt their best game of the season, but that’s for us to deal with.”

The long-serving boss revealed his men must knuckle down and expect teams to up their game against them as they all want to beat the leaders.

“We’ve got to start waking up. Everyone comes here and raises their game, we’re top of the league, everyone wants to beat us,” he added. “We’ve got to learn to deal with it, we can’t keep giving sob stories.”

Hornchurch have failed to score in their past two matches, as they drew 0-0 at Dereham Town at the weekend, before a suffering a 1-0 defeat against Barking at Bridge Avenue on Tuesday.

An 85th-minute goal from Blues substitute Albert Levett proved the difference and McFarlane chuckled: “If I need to work on finishing then there is a problem, we must have 200 goals from last season in our line-up.

“For me, we didn’t create enough, we had a couple of chances. Saturday we created four or five excellent chances and we didn’t against Barking, so that’s a worry.”

The Urchins will be hoping their latest addition, Christian Assombalonga, can start finding the net after the striker joined late last week.

The former Chelmsford City man has failed to find the net in his opening two matches, but McFarlane is confident he will be a good addition to his squad and their promotion push.

“He done really well against us in the past,” he added.

“He’s still finding his feet at the moment, but he’ll be a real good signing for us.”

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