Hornchurch boss happy to be back on track
PUBLISHED: 12:21 21 December 2015
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McFarlane reflects on success against strugglers
Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane is pleased his team are “back on track” in the Ryman North after winning 2-0 against bottom side Waltham Abbey at Bridge Avenue.
Urchins had suffered an unexpected 1-0 loss to Heybridge Swifts the previous weekend and the manager believes that, despite some nerves, his team did enough to bounce back with a straightforward victory.
“I thought we were comfortable throughout the game. We hit the post a couple of times in the first half and, to be fair, they didn’t really look like threatening,” McFarlane said.
“We were perhaps a bit nervous after what happened last Saturday. Half of us had good games and the other half indifferent, not bad necessarily. That’s football and sometimes you have to grind out results.
“I said to the players after that it was more about the result than the performance. We got the three points in the end and we’re back on track.”
Hornchurch welcomed Leon McKenzie back for the game on Saturday and McFarlane has praised the striker’s performance while stating that he is keen to replace the goal threat of Tobi Joseph, who suffered a broken leg a fortnight ago against Bury Town, in the coming weeks.
“We have pushed Leon back a bit quicker by losing Tobi and he made a massive difference for us,” he added.
“But I’ll be looking to replace Tobi because he scored 15 goals for us. That’s top of my Christmas wish-list and I’ve already written to Santa!”
Hornchurch travel to mid-table Thamesmead Town tonight (Monday) and McFarlane feels that winning against Abbey has put his team in the right mind-set to raise their level once again.
“Thamesmead are a good side, but they’re not the ones I worry about because I know we’ll put in a good performance. It’s the teams that are struggling that give me sleepless nights,” he added.
“We go into the game in a positive frame of mind after the win and keeping a clean sheet and we just need to keep picking the points up.”
Hornchurch’s clash with Thamesmead Town at Bayliss Avenue kicks off this evening at 7.45pm.