McFarlane: I got it wrong at Margate

PUBLISHED: 15:00 26 March 2015

AFC Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

AFC Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Urchins manager concedes he should have set team up differently on Tuesday night

Hornchurch's Callum Chafer (pic: Robert Craven).Hornchurch's Callum Chafer (pic: Robert Craven).

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane admitted he got it wrong at Margate on Tuesday night after seeing his side lose 5-1 in the Ryman Premier.

Urchins were hopeful of achieving a positive result, but were blown away inside the opening 30 minutes as they trailed 4-0 at the break.

Kieran Bishop in action for Hornchurch against Canvey Island (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Kieran Bishop in action for Hornchurch against Canvey Island (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

The Bridge Avenue boss conceded his team had suffered a “tonking” at Hartsdown Park, but was pleased with how they fought back during the contest.

“We were awful for 25 to 30 minutes and I set up our shape to match them and I got it wrong,” said McFarlane.

“Sometimes as a manager you get it wrong and you have to hold your hands up.

“We did have three excellent penalty shouts. Two were on George Purcell and one was on Danny Johnson.

“I am not saying we deserved to win the game, but it wasn’t our worst performance of the season, but our worst 25 minutes of the season.

“We haven’t had a tonking all year, but we got one the other night. I got it wrong and I hold my hands up to that.”

McFarlane handed a debut to Callum Chafer in goal and although the ball went past him five times, Urchins boss believes the youngster has a big future.

He also praised Kieron Bishop, who pulled one back for Hornchurch after the break, for his performance and finish.

“Callum looked very nervous early on and his day will come and he will play at this level I have no doubt about that,” added McFarlane.

“It was tough for him in the first 25 minutes, but he needed a steady defence in front of him.

“When you are having the season we are having you need to take the positives you can get and it was a great finish by Kieron. It was a cultured finish and he had a really good game.”

McFarlane added: “We have been short of numbers. We only had two first team players on the bench on Tuesday and we had young Sam Burton come on a substitute. We had Junior Luke, Reece Beckles-Richards and Joey May missing and they are big players.

“Let’s not forget Margate are a proper side as well. It is easy to be disappointed, but they are a proper side. We haven’t been beaten 5-1 by a relegation rival, but a team pushing for promotion.”

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