Hornchurch boss ‘has to put it right’

PUBLISHED: 12:00 01 September 2014

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane and assistant Grant Gordon (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane and assistant Grant Gordon (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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McFarlane: We have run out of excuses

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane admits the club’s opening seven results in the Ryman Premier Division this season have been ‘unacceptable’, after another defeat on Saturday at Wingate & Finchley.

Karl Olayide’s wonder strike in the first half was the only goal of the game at the Harry Abrahams Stadium and consigned the visitors to a sixth defeat of the season.

Now languishing at the bottom of the table, McFarlane admits he probably would have been sacked had he been manager of any other club, but he is confident he will turn it around.

“I have stuck up for my side because they are my team and I defend them at all costs,” he said. “But however you want to dress it up and make it look nice, seven games, six losses and one draw is unacceptable.

“I take it on the chin because I put this side together and I will put it right. At any other club I would be sacked, I would fully understand if I got sacked.

“I think we have run out of excuses to be perfectly honest with you.

“Yes we have played well again and we have had the better chances but the crux of it is that we have lost.”

McFarlane is confident he will get it right but believes he will need to change some of his personnel.

He said: “Yes I’ll turn it around, but I think we need to change it a bit now. I don’t think there is anything wrong with the formation, just in personnel to be honest with you.

“I pick the team, I have got it wrong and I will have to put it right.”

McFarlane refused to blame anybody for Saturday’s match winner, after previously calling for his side to cut out the sloppy mistakes that had led to goals.

He just felt the goal was typical of the Urchins current predicament, adding: “I thought we were better after we conceded because we still went in at half time the better side.

“It was a real strange goal and a goal that is hard to put the blame on anybody. The boy just took a gamble.

“That boy is never going to score a goal like that again and that sums up our luck at the moment, but luck is all excuses.”

Hornchurch welcome high-flying Maidstone to Aveley’s Mill Field tomorrow for their first ‘home’ fixture of the season.

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