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Hornchurch manager McFarlane expects better from his side

PUBLISHED: 11:00 14 August 2017 | UPDATED: 13:47 14 August 2017

Jimmy McFarlane manager of Hornchurch looking over his tactics against Soham Town Rangers (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Jimmy McFarlane manager of Hornchurch looking over his tactics against Soham Town Rangers (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane expects more from his side despite sealing a 3-0 victory against Soham Town Rangers.

Theo Fairweather-Johnson of Hornchurch running with the ball against Soham Town Rangers (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)Theo Fairweather-Johnson of Hornchurch running with the ball against Soham Town Rangers (Pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

The Urchins Brad Warner, George Purcell and substitute Ross Wall grabbed a goal a piece to help inspire their side to victory on the opening day of the season at Bridge Avenue.

McFarlane was delighted to pick up three points, but believes his side have way more to give, and can’t miss the chances they had in the first-half.

“It was not the greatest performance, I thought first-half we completely dominated, I don’t think they even had a shot in the first-half and we were 60 to 70 per cent in my opinion,” he said.

“Second-half I thought for the first half an hour they were better than us, they’ve hit the post and Sam has made a save.

“I think we should have been 4-0 up at half-time, Theo (Fairweather-Johnson) should have scored and four is being conservative, Leon (McKenzie) should have scored, George should have scored, Elliot (Styles) should have scored.”

The boss was pleased overall with a comfortable victory and the defensive display his side put together on the afternoon.

“If you would have asked me in the morning would I take 3-0 first game of the season in a below average performance I would have took your arm off,” McFarlane said.

“I’m always pleased with the defence I thought they were superb.

“They didn’t have loads to do in the first-half, but what they did have to do they done very well.

“Second-half they had more to do, defended superbly.

“We just never got no fluency going, no rhythm but that will come.

“3-0 of the opening day, clean sheet and three goals can’t ask for much more.”

McFarlane also heaped praise on new-signing Theo Fairweather-Johnson for his creative display and admitted he’s more than a goal-scorer.

“He is very creative, he’s a player from a manager’s point of view you see what he’s doing, whereas from a supporter’s point of view they might think he isn’t in the game, but one little bit of magic from him can change things, his ball for Leon in the first-half was superb.

“He just reversed it, went the other way and Leon should have scored.”

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