Ryman North: Jimmy McFarlane questions fight from Hornchurch after play-off defeat at Thurrock
PUBLISHED: 10:30 27 April 2017
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Urchins turned in a flat display on a disappointing night away to Fleet
Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane criticised the fight and determination shown by his team following their 1-0 loss in the Ryman North play-off semi-final at Thurrock.
Urchins had hoped for a repeat of their 2-0 win at the same stage at Ship Lane last season, but were beaten by a 12th-minute goal from Fleet defender Remi Sutton.
More disappointing than the result, though, was the display from the Bridge Avenue club as they struggled to get going in such an important game.
And McFarlane pulled no punches in his assessment of the performance Hornchurch turned in at Thurrock.
“As a footballer, I had no ability, but I always had some fight and against Thurrock, that wasn’t a side of mine,” said the defender.
“We gave silly fouls away because we didn’t want to run, so we thought we’d kick them.
“The best player on the park for me was the 35-year-old Glenn Poole by a country mile because every decision he made was the right one and he worked his socks off.
“You get out of football sometimes what you put in; we didn’t put anything in against Thurrock and we got nothing out of it.”
Sutton’s goal arrived early and at a time when the hosts were on top as Hornchurch were put under pressure in the opening exchanges.
Despite that, though, Urchins would have hoped to have defended the build-up better and had chances to clear before the ball came to Sutton, who fired home through a body of players from 15 yards.
And it was an effort that frustrated McFarlane given that the Hornchurch manager spent his playing career as a centre-back.
“It was awful defending for the goal. We won the header, but no one has watched the man in the middle,” he added.
“It’s a bitter pill to swallow when you work so hard, and I do work so hard, to turn that performance in.
“We brought George Purcell on and he brightened it up, we brought Ross Wall on and he brightened it up, but it wasn’t to be. Thurrock deserved to beat us.”
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