Mixed emotions for Hornchurch boss McFarlane after Kingstonian point

PUBLISHED: 18:42 18 November 2013 | UPDATED: 18:42 18 November 2013

Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane on the touchline during Saturday's goalless home draw against Kingstonian. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane on the touchline during Saturday's goalless home draw against Kingstonian. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

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Hornchurch and Kingstonian couldn’t be separated at the weekend in the Ryman Premier as they contested a goalless draw at Bridge Avenue which left manager Jimmy McFarlane with a mixture of emotions.

Urchins would have gone top with a win but in fact the point gained by the K’s saw them rise to the summit of the table.

George Purcell had the best effort for the host, his hard first half drive on the edge of the area cannoning off the crossbar whilst Inigo Echepare was forced to save a long-range shot in the second half as both teams had to settle for a point.

McFarlane saw it as two points dropped rather than one gained, saying: “Two dropped I think and obviously only one from two now.

“I was pleased with the performance though and I thought we created chances but without really testing their keeper.

“At the end of the day more positives than not and a much better defensive performance compared to Tuesday night.”

It is a common assumption with goalless draws that they are boring matches, however this clash at Bridge Avenue was far from that according to Hornchurch’s manager.

Several stated that it was among the best goalless draws they had seen and Urchins boss was impressed with his opponent’s defensive display.

“Everybody I have spoke to have said it was one of the best 0-0’s they’ve seen,” admitted McFarlane.

“For 37 minutes we played some of our best football, I remember looking at my watch thinking we haven’t taken our chance.

“From then on we gave a few fouls away and they are a big side so those free kicks gave them a little bit of impetus for the rest of the half.

“The second half was very to and throw and neither side was able to do much.

“You can see why they don’t give many away, they don’t mess about with it and are very solid. We could actually learn a little from the way they defend.”

McFarlane praised Purcell and Leigh Bremner, the latter coming in for the ill Stefan Payne.

He admitted it was harsh to judge the pair too much but went on to praise their work rate.

“Stefan was unwell, and wasn’t really right to play,” admitted McFarlane.

“It is hard to judge them because they were up against best defensive side.

“Leigh did excellent for 60 minutes and worked so hard. George worked hard as usual and was more of a goal threat than Leigh but both done very well.”

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