McFarlane: We waited for the worst to happen

PUBLISHED: 10:00 30 March 2015

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (pic: TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (pic: TGSPHOTO)

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Hornchurch boss upset Urchins did not kick after going in front against Harrow

Elliot Styles finds the net for Hornchurch against Harrow but his effort is ruled out for a foul (pic: TGSPHOTO)Elliot Styles finds the net for Hornchurch against Harrow but his effort is ruled out for a foul (pic: TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane was angry his side failed to capitalise on taking an early lead in their 3-1 defeat at home to Harrow Borough.

The Urchins went in front in the fourth minute of the relegation six-pointer when George Purcell’s 25-yard free-kick flew into the net.

But three second half goals for the visitors consigned the Bridge Avenue club to their fourth straight defeat leaving McFarlane disappointed.

“We crumbled. We looked like a side waiting for something negative to happen,” said the Hornchurch chief.

“After the first 20 minutes the performance was unacepptable. We just didn’t compete. A few did, like Frank Curley, but overall it wasn’t acceptable.”

The loss leaves the Urchins five points adrift of safety with just six games remaining for them this campaign.

With the club in a precarious position, McFarlane was upset the performance against Harrow was missing passion from his players.

“We showed a lack of desire. It looked like we were seeing the season out and they were fighting for their lives,” added the Bridge Avenue outfit’s gaffer.

“Harrow were hungrier, were quicker to the ball. They were braver. There were three awful mistakes that lead to the goals. That was not up to standard.”

In a game of few positives for the hosts there was a bright moment when Danny Woodards made his home debut for the club.

However he was forced off at half time with a slight injury but McFarlane is hopeful the former Tranmere Rovers midfielder can still feature in the run-in.

“He’ll bring a bit of experience, a bit of leadership. He played very well against Margate in midweek.”

“You can see he’s a good player but his hamstring tightened up a bit against Harrow. He hasn’t played for three-and-a-half months but hopefully he’ll be fit for our next game.”

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