McFarlane: We gifted Enfield the game

PUBLISHED: 09:29 13 April 2015 | UPDATED: 09:29 13 April 2015

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (pic: TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (pic: TGSPHOTO)

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Hornchurch gaffer believes they were own worst enemies in defeat

Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane believes his team handed the match to Enfield Town as they lost 3-2 in the Ryman Premier.

The Urchins had taken the lead through Martin Tuohy midway throught the first half before the hosts struck back with a penalty and a Corey Whitely double.

George Purcell netted another supreb free-kick late on to give the visitors hope of a comeback but McFarlane feels the side were the architects of their own downfall.

“It summed up our season. We didn’t play terrible and we should have gone in at half-time 1-0 up,” said the Hornchurch chief.

“But we gave away three awful goals again. We’ve got the two best goals of the game. That’s been our problem all year - even when we weren’t conceding many we were losing 1-0 or drawing 1-1.

“We’ve brought in other players but it’s just become infectious. Our first goal was excellent with great movement and great passing but you haven’t got a hope if you keep giving away sloppy goals.”

The Bridge Avenue club went in front after Tuohy tucked home Purcell’s flick on in the 18th minute but they conceded a penalty five minutes before the break when Danny Johnson blocked Bobby Devynne’s shot with his arm in the box.

Ryan Doyle netted the subsequent spot kick and McFarlane believes conceding so late in the half knocked his team’s belief.

“You don’t need to be Einstein to work out when your confidence flags,” added the Urchins boss.

“We started the game really well and got to grips with their shape. I thought we were in control. We scored a great goal and we should have had two penalties ourselves.

“For theirs, Elliot Styles dawdles on the ball and as a manager you want your centre-halves to be uncompromising and not very nice on the eye but to do a job and kick the ball out of the ground.

“That was just before half-time. If you go in in front you’re in a better position to win. It can break your heart, football.

“We gifted them two more goals with awful defending. They’re a decent side, they got their tails up and we were up against it.”

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