McFarlane: I’m chuffed to bits
PUBLISHED: 13:30 11 March 2015
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Urchins survive red card to defeat Canvey Island
AFC Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane was thrilled his side were able to beat Canvey Island 2-1 despite playing for over an hour with 10 men.
George Purcell had put the Urchins 1-0 up before goalkeeper Sam Mott was sent off after fouling Jack Simmons in the 34th minute denying the Gulls winger a clear goalscoring opportunity.
The hosts performed well despite their numerical disadvantage and doubled their lead in the 89th minute when Martin Tuohy converted a penalty after he was initially fouled.
Hornchurch showed fantastic resilience to take the three points which left McFarlane pleased.
“To lose your ‘keeper and have to put our centre-back Elliot Styles in goal, we had to dig in. In all fairness we thought at half time we could win it and not have to hang on,” said McFarlane.
“When you look back at the game, we had all the chances. After our captain went in goal he did not have a save to make.
“We had chances we might have scored on another day but I’m chuffed to bits.”
There was a nervous moment for the Bridge Avenue side when Purcell was adjudged to have fouled Harrison Chatting in the penalty area in the 63rd minute.
John Curran stepped up to take the resulting spot kick but put it wide and McFarlane feels justice was done.
“Even their manager was surprised by the decision. George was just a bit keener to get to the ball,” added McFarlane.
“When it was given I would have taken a draw given we’d lost our stopper and had to shift the side around.
“But it was our night. Sometimes luck shines on you. We’ve had our fair share of bad luck this year, so we deserved some.”
McFarlane says the win against the Gulls was exactly what was required following a dissapointing display in a 2-1 defeat against Witham on Saturday.
“We’ve had our best performance and our worst in the last two games. I told the boys we needed a peformance and cor, did I get it.
“You get a feeling as a manager when you’re going to get a performance. Everything against Canvey pointed to that.
“Never did I think it was going to be as good as it was. Every man, even the subs, showed great enthusiasm.”
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