McFarlane praises Purcell
PUBLISHED: 14:00 23 April 2015
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Bridge Avenue boss discusses leading scorer, individual errors and Hendon defeat
Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane has praised the contribution of top goalscorer George Purcell following the club’s relegation from the Ryman Premier.
Purcell was on target on Monday night alongside Tobi Joseph, but couldn’t prevent Urchins going down 4-2 to Hendon.
Their fate had been sealed two days before, though, following a 1-1 draw at Bridge Avenue with Peacehaven & Telscombe – another game in which Purcell scored.
He was awarded Hornchurch’s supporters’ player of the season on Saturday and his manager hailed his efforts for the 2014/15 campaign.
“George’s commitment has been fantastic, but I can’t question the commitment side of the players it has just been errors from everyone,” said McFarlane.
“I am told George won supporters player of the year on Saturday and it was one of the biggest whitewashes the club have ever seen.
“He has been outstanding all season and some strikers score and don’t do the other parts of the game, but he does. I tell you something else about George it hurts him to lose, he really does care about this club.”
As McFarlane eluded too, mistakes have been detrimental to the Bridge Avenue club this season.
They have made too many defensive errors over the past few months and it has contributed towards their relegation.
Hornchurch’s boss admits their match with Hendon was a perfect example, he added: “It was a game that rather summed up how our season has been.
“We were marginally the better team in the first half, but we gave them two goals. Second half it was total domination and we get back into the game, but we make more errors and they win.
“I remember saying a couple of seasons ago you can do all the work you want on the training ground, but you can’t predict human error. Performance wise I had no complains against Hendon, but it was errors that cost us.
“You can’t put your finger on why players make errors, but because you are lacking in confidence you try things you don’t normally try and you can get punished.”
McFarlane is already making plans for next season regarding what squad he takes into the Ryman North.
He has revealed he is keen to keep Joseph, who was scored three times since the start of March and started to show the form he first displayed in pre-season.
The attacker found the net three times before the start of the campaign and could prove to be an important player for Urchins next year.
“Tobi has had injuries all season and it is only last few months he has started to adjust to non-league football,” added McFarlane.
“He is one I am looking to keep next season. He had a good pre-season last year and then got injured in our last game at Folkstone.
“Unfortunately he has picked up little injuries ever since, but if he can have another good pre-season I am sure he will score goals next year.”
To find out more from McFarlane see tomorrow’s Recorder.
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