Performances were not good enough says Urchins boss McFarlane

PUBLISHED: 11:00 18 October 2018 | UPDATED: 11:15 18 October 2018

George Purcell scored the only Urchins goal in their 5-1 defeat to Lewes (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

George Purcell scored the only Urchins goal in their 5-1 defeat to Lewes (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane says his side’s performances were not up to scratch as they fell to back-to-back defeats in the Bostik Premier Division this week.

The Urchins fell to a narrow 1-0 defeat to Corinthian Casuals on the weekend before suffering a heavy 5-1 loss to Lewes on Tuesday evening.

The defeats made McFarlane’s side slip down to 10th in the table and has seen their 10 game undefeated run in the league brought to a halt.

“Where do I start? I’ll start by saying both performances just wasn’t good enough,” McFarlane said.

“Saturday we got into some good areas, but we didn’t deserve anything, some people might say we were unfortunate not to come away with a point because we had good opportunities but so did they.

“Last night (Tuesday) we started off with an unfortunate deflection and it just went downhill from there.

“The concern for me was that we collapsed as a team rather than individuals.”

The former defender says he will be pin-pointing the positives in the match and feels the goal from Leon Redwood in the third minute killed his in the mid-week defeat.

“The first goal was a deflection and it would have killed any team but we should have stood up and rode it out for a little while.

“At half-time we changed it and at 3-1 we had two glorious chances, Lewwis Spence had a header that he should have scored, and Bradley Warner had a one on one with the goalie that he should have scored as well.

“The goalie made three or four really good saves on Nana (Boakye-Yiadom), George Purcell and George Saunders.”

McFarlane does feel as though his ever-growing injury list played a part but says they can not use that as an excuse.

“We’re not looking for excuses but in the last two games, I’ve had Nathan Cooper missing, Nathan Livings and for the second game Alex Bentley.

“Connor Hogan was fit for the first time in a couple of weeks, Kenzer Lee has come back after a couple months off, which is a positive.

“Putting that aside though both the teams that played Saturday and Tuesday should have been good enough to beat Corinthian Casuals and Lewes.

“That’s not being disrespectful to either of them as they’re two decent sides but our performances weren’t good enough.”


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