Hornchurch boss ‘having trouble sleeping’

PUBLISHED: 13:00 28 March 2014

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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McFarlane on edge ahead of next two tests

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane admits he may struggle to sleep for thinking about his side’s next two Ryman Premier Division matches.

Urchins travel to two sides battling against relegation, as they face Wingate tomorrow (Saturday) and go to Carshalton on Tuesday.

And despite beating Maidstone and drawing with Dulwich this week, McFarlane expects the upcoming games to give him more uncomfortable nights.

He said: “I’ve slept like a baby for the last two games, but I won’t be sleeping now with these two coming up.

“If you offered me 1-0 now I would take it. We’ve got eight games left, but if you offered me 1-0 in all of those games I’d take it and that is not forgetting how many goals we’ve got in our side.”

The Urchins manager discussed the dangers of facing a Carshalton team that already appear doomed and a side that has just suffered a heavy recent defeat in Wingate, who lost 7-0 at Lowestoft on Tuesday.

He added: “It is never good to play a team after that kind of defeat because you get a backlash.

“I remember us losing 7-1 to Tonbridge Angels in 2010 and then beating Folkestone Invicta 4-0 a few days later.

“Losing like that is embarrassing so we’ll have to be ready. I watched Wingate on Sunday as well and they are a good side.

“I think Carshalton are probably down so they are now playing with no fear whereas my boys have pressure to win every game, but you have that when you are successful.

“Carshalton are aiming to be spoilers for everyone else. You see how Cray Wanderers celebrated beating us and that is what those teams are aiming to do now.”

Hornchurch go into their next two fixtures off the back of good home results against Maidstone and Dulwich.

Stefan Payne scored in both matches, but McFarlane was a little disappointed not to get the full six points from the two fixtures, adding: “A win was more than a fair result to be perfectly honest against a good side like Maidstone.

“I would have taken four points out of those two games – two tough games against promotion challengers – but now I’m disappointed.

“We started ever so well against Dulwich. We just didn’t get going again in the second half, but a draw was probably a fair result.

“Some of them didn’t perform like they can against Dulwich and that happens sometimes as a player. You can prepare correctly, eat everything right but it just doesn’t happen for you but good teams find a way of carrying them players and I thought we did that.”

Martin Tuohy returned to the side in midweek as a substitute after a long injury lay-off.

Tuohy had been injured in pre-season and then suffered a new problem while on loan at Brentwood in January, but almost set up a winner for George Purcell against Dulwich.

McFarlane added: “Touch wood he is fine and we have him for the rest of the run-in now. He was the only one who played the ball into space all night. It is great to have him back.”

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