McFarlane pleased if Hornchurch’s current run is as bad as it gets

PUBLISHED: 13:00 24 December 2015

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

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

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Urchins boss has no worries over failure to string victories together

It is now over a month since Hornchurch won consecutive matches, but boss Jimmy McFarlane does not appear too concerned.

Last Saturday, Urchins beat Ryman North strugglers Waltham Abbey 2-0 at home with goals from George Purcell and skipper Elliot Styles.

But on Monday they needed a stoppage-time equaliser from Leon McKenzie to salvage a 1-1 draw at Thamesmead Town.

Despite their stuttering from, Hornchurch remain third and McFarlane admits he will be a happy man if this as bad as things get all season long.

“If this is the worst it is going to be all season, then I don’t think it is too bad,” said McFarlane.

“Yes, we haven’t been stringing wins together like we would have liked, but we also haven’t been stringing losses together either.

“We can only take each game as it comes and against Thamesmead we hit the bar so many times it showed the luck wasn’t with us.

“We showed great character in that match to come back and claim a draw, but really we did enough to win.”

McFarlane hailed the team’s performance at Thamesmead on Tuesday as one of the best he had seen from them all season.

For vast portions of the match, Urchins controlled possession, but were let down by bad luck or bad finishing.

Mead took advantage to claim the lead through Paul Vines, before McKenzie’s late header earned Urchins what could prove a valuable point.

While McFarlane was delighted with the showing from his team at Bayliss Avenue, he conceded they probably should have won.

“I thought we did enough to win. Along with the win against Bury Town, that was our best performance of the season so far,” he added. “We dominated the match for long periods and hit the crossbar on numerous occasions, but also missed a few chances.

“It was a poor goal to concede, but I’m proud of the effort of each and every player for us.”

Perhaps the more important result, not least in terms of value, was Saturday’s win over Abbey at Bridge Avenue.

Hornchurch entered that match off the back of a shock 1-0 loss away to Heybridge Swifts, who at the time were bottom of the table.

Purcell struck from the spot in the 51st minute before Styles doubled the lead 13 minutes later to seal the win.

McFarlane believes that, despite some nerves, his team had done enough to bounce back from the Swifts loss with victory.

“I thought we were comfortable throughout the game. We hit the post a couple of times in the first half and, to be fair, they didn’t really look like threatening,” McFarlane said.

“We were perhaps a bit nervous after what happened last Saturday. Half of us had good games and the other half indifferent, not bad necessarily.

“That’s football and sometimes you have to grind out results. I said to the players after that it was more about the result than the performance. We got the three points in the end and we’re back on track.”

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