Urchins boss: It was our worst performance of the season

PUBLISHED: 15:30 09 March 2015

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Jimmy McFarlane reflects on 2-1 defeat to relegation rivals Witham, praises fans and reveals plans to add to squad

Hornchurch manager Jimmy McFarlane was unhappy with his team after they put in their “worst performance of the season” in arguably their most important Ryman Premier fixture to date at Witham Town on Saturday.

Urchins went down to a 2-1 defeat after Tom Wraight scored five minutes from time to earn the hosts all three points at Spa Road.

Danny Emmanuel put Town ahead in the first half before George Purcell converted a 72nd minute penalty to give the visitors hope.

Witham’s Paul King was also shown a second yellow after giving away the spot-kick, but McFarlane’s team couldn’t make their numerical advantage count.

He said: “It was without a shadow of a doubt our worst performance of the season. Only a couple of people were able to walk off with any credit. They were hungrier than us and they wanted it more.

“George, Danny Johnson and Joey May deserve credit but you should be looking for two or three that weren’t at their best, not two or three that deserve credit.

“Their goalkeeper Louis Godwin-Green had a great game, but I am fed up of making excuses. We had more chances than them, but it is our fault for not taking them so we have ourselves to blame.”

McFarlane’s team dropped to 23rd in the table following the loss after VCD Athletic won at Dulwich Hamlets and Harrow Borough held Maidstone United to a draw.

He praised the supporters following the defeat at Witham and insisted changes will be made ahead of tomorrow’s game with Canvey Island.

Hornchurch are under pressure to get back to winning ways at Bridge Avenue, but could be boosted.

“I will be changing it around tomorrow and I have been trying to bring in a few new faces to liven things up and hopefully one of them will be ready tomorrow if we can sort out the forms,” revealed McFarlane.

“I think the fans put more effort into getting to the game at Witham than some of the players did out on the pitch.

“It was a double whammy with the results going how they did, but it is still in our own hands. We will be in for a hard two months if our performances are like they were on Saturday every week, though.”

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