Table-topping win should have been bigger, says Hornchurch boss McFarlane

PUBLISHED: 18:10 20 November 2013 | UPDATED: 18:10 20 November 2013

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane. Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO

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Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane was understandably delighted with his team following Tuesday night’s 1-0 win over Bognor Regis Town, which came courtesy of George Purcell’s volley.

A fantastic and wholehearted performance from the Urchins sent them top of the Ryman Premier, and the Bridge Avenue boss praised his side but admitted the dreaded Tuesday night curse won’t be over until they perform consistently well in midweek.

“You have to do it repeatedly and continuously to get rid of the curse,” said a thrilled McFarlane.

“I thought that performance was top drawer. I know Bognor are grizzling at the end but I thought 1-0 flattered them, we should have had two stonewall penalties and George Purcell has had some great chances.

“And we have took a bit of criticism lately which I was a bit disappointed about but if you had said at the start of the season that in the last week of November you’ll be top of the league, I would have taken that!”

It was real team performance by Hornchurch but Phil Starkey stood out, excelling in his favoured right back position whilst Dave Rainford and Frankie Curley continued to prosper in midfield, with Michael Spencer also impressing.

McFarlane lauded Starkey and the midfielder trio adding: “He was my man of the match today.

“He has got better and better since the Hereford game in the FA Cup. What I like about him is that he has been played midfield and as a centre half and he hasn’t grizzled.

“I brought him here as a full back and he has shown in the last two or three games why I brought him. He was excellent today.

“Frankie Curley just keeps on churning out performances, week in, week out as well. Dave has given us what I needed, a leader on the pitch and Michael Spencer just complemented them with the balance a little bit.

McFarlane also praised the front three. Purcell once again was on the scoresheet, while Carl Rook and Leigh Bremner made it hard for Bognor’s defenders all night.

“George has scored again, it was a terrific performance,” he said

“He just loves scoring and he took a little bit of criticism at Lowestoft for continuous shooting and someone from the crowd shouted something and I don’t understand that. Why would you discourage someone that can bang a ball like that?

“I thought Carl Rook was outstanding today too, what he done was a bit like Leigh Bremner on Saturday.

“I watched their centre halves against Hayes & Yeading and they won and headed everything 40 yards but they were missing things and that is down to how hard the three forwards worked, especially Rooky.”

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