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McFarlane frustrated after worst performance of season

PUBLISHED: 17:00 14 December 2015

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane (pic: George Phillipou/TGSPHOTO)

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Urchins boss unhappy with side after 1-0 loss to Heybridge, but hopes for response at Maldon

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane has branded his side’s 1-0 defeat away to relegation strugglers Heybridge Swifts on Saturday in the Ryman North as their worst performance of the season.

A Raphael Duyile strike six minutes into the second half was enough to send the Urchins home empty handed.

It left the Bridge Avenue boss disappointed that the team were unable to match the performance they delivered against Bury Town in the previous fixture.

“We took the game lightly and the energy wasn’t anywhere near what it was against Bury. In one week we have seen our best and worst of the season” said McFarlane.

“We had 90 per cent of the possession and their keeper didn’t have to make one save.

“Don’t get me wrong, they defended superbly but we never reached a level like we did against Bury. It was frustrating and, to be honest, quite a bitter pill to swallow.”

It means Hornchurch have lost two of their last three games, although one of them was a last gasp loss to Thurrock earlier this month.

McFarlane remains level headed, however, and believes that all teams in the league will struggle with form at some stage in the season.

He added: “Every team has a dip, even when you look at the top sides in the Premier League.

“We’ve drawn a couple and lost a couple but that will happen to every team and, at the end of the day, you just have to deal with it. The same thing will happen to every side.”

Hornchurch will be looking to bounce back when they visit Maldon & Tiptree tomorrow (Tuesday) night.

They will also be looking to make up for their 3-1 loss to the same side in September at Bridge Avenue.

McFarlane knows his team will need to match the level against Bury if they are to come away with a positive result, but is uncertain what to expect following the recent mixed results.

He said: “It depends which team turns up. It we turn up like Saturday then we won’t score against anyone.

“But if we play like we did against Bury then we give ourselves a really good chance.”

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