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Hornchurch boss at a loss

PUBLISHED: 09:47 26 August 2014 | UPDATED: 09:47 26 August 2014

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane issues instructions from the dugout (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane issues instructions from the dugout (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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McFarlane: We’re missing proper chances

Kenny Beaney of Grays gets clear of Hornchurch striker George Purcell (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Kenny Beaney of Grays gets clear of Hornchurch striker George Purcell (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane was frustrated with his side’s inability to take their chances against local rivals Grays as they fell to a fifth Ryman Premier defeat of the season yesterday.

Urchins were beaten 1-0 at Mill Field thanks to Jamie Guy’s 71st-minute goal and have taken just one point from six league games to date.

And McFarlane felt their latest reverse followed the pattern of their season as their forwards again missed good chances before the team conceded a sloppy goal.

He said: “It is same old, same old because we could have been 4-0 up at half time.

Chris Bourne of Hornchurch seeks to evade Ruddock Yala of Grays (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Chris Bourne of Hornchurch seeks to evade Ruddock Yala of Grays (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

“We are missing proper chances, like open goals not half chances, and I said to them beforehand, if it isn’t going to be our day in front of goal, which it hasn’t been, then take 0-0.

“We’ve got to learn to be more clinical down the other end in defence too. We can’t be afraid to put our foot through it and in the end it is a scrambled goal Grays have scored.

“You would think we’d be winning 5-4 rather than losing 1-0, but I say it again and I said it Saturday after Leatherhead (a 2-1 loss), the goals we are giving away are just unacceptable.

“A lot of them are human error and you can’t do anything about human error. You can’t train on a training ground for human error, but however you try to dress it up, it just isn’t good enough and I take full responsibility.”

Elliot Styles of Hornchurch (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Elliot Styles of Hornchurch (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

McFarlane admitted he will only remain positive as long as Hornchurch are creating opportunities, but he did praise the performances of Courtney Homans and captain Elliot Styles.

The two defenders were excellent, with Styles displaying the type of form he consistently showed last season.

McFarlane added: “Courtney was outstanding at full-back and he has been this season.

“Elliot Styles, who has had an indifferent start to the season, was awesome. He was outstanding.”

But on creating chances, the Hornchurch manager added: “It is only a positive for so long. We have made at least half a dozen chances in every single game.

“We just can’t finish at the moment and we have got proper forwards as well, but it is just not happening.

“You look at the boys that are missing them; George Purcell, Martin Tuohy and Tobi Joseph, who is a new lad, but one that can score goals. Looking at them you would have thought we’d have goals in abundance.”

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