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Ryman North: Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane laments 'one of those nights' after VCD Athletic draw

PUBLISHED: 15:00 02 November 2016

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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Hornchurch boss Jimmy McFarlane says his side just had one of those frustrating nights in front of goal after their 0-0 draw at home to VCD Athletic in the Ryman North.

Urchins were chasing a third league win in a row, but were frustrated on several occasions by VCD stopper Niklas Freund, son of former Germany international Steffen.

Even when it wasn’t Freund denying them, the Bridge Avenue club saw their efforts closed down quickly, but McFarlane was at least pleased the hosts did not lose.

“We missed chances and VCD came for a draw, so it was a missed opportunity for us,” said McFarlane.

“Their physio was the busiest member of their squad, the amount of times their players went down a little easily.

“We had a half dozen good chances, they maybe had a couple, but it seemed like one of those nights.

“You have those in football, but I always tell the boys when that happens, the important thing is not to lose and we didn’t.”

It was also the first time that Hornchurch had failed to find the net in their last three games in all competitions.

But having fashioned a number openings against VCD, McFarlane is not overly worried that Urchins did not score.

“The time to worry is when you’re not creating chances, but we’re still doing that,” he added.

“We know we have to be a bit more clinical in front of goal, but we have a few players returning.

“George Purcell is still a few weeks away, but Tobi Joseph should be back in December and that will be like a new signing for us.”

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