Spanish keeper hailed by Hornchurch boss McFarlane in Thamesmead win
PUBLISHED: 18:55 11 November 2013 | UPDATED: 18:55 11 November 2013
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Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane heaped praise on goalkeeper Inigo Echepare at the weekend following Urchins 2-1 win over Thamesmead Town at Bayliss Avenue in the Ryman Premier.
Echepare wasn’t forced to make save after save but showed supreme concentration levels to make a superb diving stop late on, with the scores level at one apiece.
Moments later and Stefan Payne had given Hornchurch another late winner but the Spanish stopper deserved the plaudits for his focus.
“All he kept doing was kicking it up to us all game and without his concentration he doesn’t make that save so late in the match,” said McFarlane.
“Without that save we wouldn’t have got this win, we wouldn’t have had the time.It was so important and it shows his ability. He has been a great find for us.
“It is the toughest position to play and it is hard replacing a keeper so I am just delighted we have got him.”
George Purcell had opened the scoring for Hornchurch but it was cancelled out midway through the first half.
The visitors kept knocking on the door but the all important second goal was still elusive until once again Payne stepped up in the crucial moment to find a late winner.
As the Hornchurch boss highlighted, scoring late on is a great attribute to have and it also ended the minor blip his side had been on, having lost three of their last four games.
“It is a great trait to have, to score goals in the last five-ten minutes of games and I think it has been at least half a dozen times that we have done that this season,” he added.
“It was a case of when we was going to score because we had so many chances.
“Then as it is getting later and later, you are thinking is it going to be one of those days because at one point we could have been 8-1 up but the shooting boots just weren’t on.
“As a manager you are thinking ‘what can you do’ and Stefan wasn’t having the greatest of games but I threw Leigh Bremner up there with him and in 90th minute Stefan gets the goal, it was a difficult one as well.
“I’m not a cliché man but a sign of a good side is how quick they get out of a dip and we have done that.”