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Hornchurch manager McFarlane dubbed Worthing draw the best performance of season

PUBLISHED: 11:00 22 November 2018

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane during Brightlingsea Regent vs AFC Hornchurch, Buildbase FA Trophy Football at North Road on 10th November 2018

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane during Brightlingsea Regent vs AFC Hornchurch, Buildbase FA Trophy Football at North Road on 10th November 2018

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Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane dubbed his side’s 1-1 draw with Worthing their 90 minute performance yet this season.

The Urchins picked up only a second point in six Bostik Premier outings with a hard fought draw against high-flying Worthing.

Striker George Purcell opened the scoring when he buried a shot into the top corner of the net on 43 minutes.

Kealy blasted the visitors back on to level terms with nine minutes remaining but Hornchurch battled through the closing stages to earn a valiant draw against the promotion favourites.

“They’re a very good side, we had them watched and we were very conscious on how they play, and how they set up,” McFarlane said.

“We set up and worked on stuff to counter that, and to be perfectly honest with you, it was our best performance of the season over 90 minutes.

“We’ve had good 45 or 60 minute displays, but for 90 minutes, it was a good performance.”

The former defender believes The Rebels will be more pleased to grab a point than his own side after leading for a large chunk of the match.

“They must have been more pleased than us as we hit the woodwork, posts and bar on numerous occasions and their goalkeeper made a few good saves, so was really pleased.

“It all steamed from how hard the players worked, we sat in the changing room afterwards, and they were all exhausted so I said that’s how you should walk off a football pitch every game.

“When you look at all the big side’s that are fancied like Dorking, Enfield, and now Worthing – none of them have beat us yet so we’ve got to start raising our game for the other games and not just the big teams.”

McFarlane also revealed Hornchurch have changed their mentality and even brought in a new coach but feels that it will take time for them to reap the rewards of the move.

“We has changed our ethos a little bit, we’ve brought a coach in and some people have said you can see the difference already, I know he’s good but he only did one session last Thursday.

“You’re not going to reap the rewards straight away, it’s going to be over a period of time, but overall delighted.

“Sometimes you can’t ask for much more from your players and Saturday was one of them times.

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