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Hornchurch boss bemoans worst display of the season

PUBLISHED: 17:00 28 October 2015

Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane shows his fury during their match with Romford at Bridge Avenue (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane shows his fury during their match with Romford at Bridge Avenue (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

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Urchins manager frustrated after watching his team lost 1-0 in their derby clash with Romford

Romford players celebrate after George Woodward (3) scores what turned out to be the only goal of the game against Hornchurch at Bridge Avenue (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).Romford players celebrate after George Woodward (3) scores what turned out to be the only goal of the game against Hornchurch at Bridge Avenue (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane conceded his side delivered their worst performance of the season against Romford in the Ryman North last night (Tuesday) after watching them lose 1-0 to their local rivals.

A goal from George Woodward on the stroke of half time was the difference at Bridge Avenue as Boro celebrated a league double after winning the previous clash 2-0 back in August.

Urchins weren’t at their best, but were marshalled well by a disciplined away defence. The normally dangerous duo George Purcell and David Knight couldn’t get into the game and the Hornchurch manager was left frustrated.

He said: “All our best performances this year are away from home, but why can’t we do it at home? Why is Bridge Avenue such a cloud hanging over us every time we play here because our fans are the best around.

“What happened last night I don’t deserve and neither does anyone at the club, but the supporters certainly didn’t deserve to see that.

Romford's Ryan Boswell challenges Hornchurch midfielder Dave Collis (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).Romford's Ryan Boswell challenges Hornchurch midfielder Dave Collis (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

“Did we huff and puff? I don’t think we did. We got relegated last year and that display against Romford would rank in my opinion as the worst performance in our season this far and there weren’t many worst last year. It was awful.”

Goalkeeper Sam Mott was at fault for the goal, letting Woodward’s long range free kick slip through his hands and into the net.

This after he performed heroics during Saturday’s FA Cup defeat to National League outfit Boreham Wood - where he saved a penalty.

McFarlane was disappointed with the tempo of his team and felt they didn’t work hard enough throughout against their rivals.

Michael Gooch of Romford punches clear after Hornchurch put some pressure on the away goal at Bridge Avenue (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).Michael Gooch of Romford punches clear after Hornchurch put some pressure on the away goal at Bridge Avenue (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

He added: “Sam has made a mistake and that is the only shot on goal they have had, but we haven’t had a shot either.

“We have got the two most prolific marksmen in the league and Tobi Joseph, who has been scoring as well, and I am not saying it is their fault, but we have not mustered one opportunity all night long.

“I thought we started sloppy and I warned them about that. We looked lethargic and the terminology people use is it’s a wake up call, but you shouldn’t need them. Good sides win when they play poorly.

“What I can’t work out is how we can play like we did on Saturday and run a National League side close and perform like we did against Romford. We never looked like we would get anything from the game.

“It was embarrassing, that is the word I would look for. I was embarrassed by that performance.”

Although Mott’s mistake contributed towards Hornchurch conceding the only goal of the game, McFarlane praised his performance against Boreham Wood at the weekend.

He also revealed why the defeat to Romford was extra painful come the full time whistle at Bridge Avenue.

“Sam was outstanding on Saturday doing all the basic stuff as well as making great saves, but last night – what is that,” said McFarlane.

“How do you work on that in the training ground, you can’t. Really what we should be saying after the match with Romford is we drew 0-0 and there wasn’t a chance at either end.

“You come into the changing room and look at all the other results and it rubs salt into the wounds.”

Hornchurch’s promotion rivals Cray Wanderers and Thurrock both dropped points last night and the defeat leaves Urchins fourth in the table.

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