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Hornchurch boss McFarlane says Merstham draw was a fair result

PUBLISHED: 14:00 31 October 2018

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane during AFC Hornchurch vs Tonbridge Angels, Bostik League Premier Division Football at Hornchurch Stadium on 20th October 2018

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane during AFC Hornchurch vs Tonbridge Angels, Bostik League Premier Division Football at Hornchurch Stadium on 20th October 2018

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Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane feels it was a game of two halves and probably a fair result as his side drew 1-1 with Merstham.

The Urchins looked set to bag the three points thanks to a goal from George Purcell in the 78th minute but an own goal by Leon Smith in the 88th minute left both side’s with a point at Bridge Avenue.

“I thought it was a game of two halves, we was poor first-half and better second-half,” he said.

“First-half I thought they played better than us and we struggled to come to terms with their shape.

“We changed things just after half-time and to be fair I think we were the better side second-half.

“It was probably a fair result, but I’ve got to try and pick the positives out of everything at the moment as we’re in a mini dip, so that’s two games unbeaten now on a new run.”

The former defender says people must remember how good the teams in the Bostik Premier Division are and he described the match as a typical game.

“What people have got to understand is this is a tough league, there are teams that have been in this league for years, so they’re seasoned and experienced.

“For me it was a typical Bostik Prem game that could have been won by either side had someone taken their chances.

“Bradley Warner had a great chance when he cut in on his left-foot and then Leon had a good chance.

“Lewwis Spence with a header as well, having said that I’m not naïve enough to say they haven’t created nothing.

“They probably made our goalkeeper work harder than we made there’s work.”

McFarlane also feels that it is easy to pick out the negatives but is keen to take the positives from their draw.

“It’s easy to find the negatives when you’re in a dip, we changed it as we saw something wasn’t working and I thought we was better second-half.

“I thought we looked like the ones more likely to score just before they got the equaliser so we’ve got to learn to see games out.

“We should not be coming in here without three points tonight (Tuesday) but having said that it’s an own goal what can you do about that.

“It was a great ball in by there guy, he asked loads of questions, but it’s another game undefeated and that’s the biggest positive I can take.”

He also heaped praise on goalkeeper Callum Chafer who pulled off a number of saves during the match.

“Young Callum has proven to be what I thought he would, more than capable playing at this level.”

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