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Hendon manager Gary McCann admits his side must stop conceding early goals after back-to-back defeats
10:25am Wednesday 25th September 2013 in Sport
Hendon manager Gary McCann admits his side must stop conceding early goals after the Greens suffered back-to-back defeats in the Ryman Premier.
McCann’s men were beaten 2-1 on Monday night against Billericay Town and it was the same scoreline on Saturday as Hendon lost to Kingstonian.
The results have seen the Greens slip to 17th in the Ryman Premier and speaking after the game against Billericay, McCann said: “We have got to stop conceding these early goals. In too many matches we have been playing catch-up.
“That said, we had enough chances (against Billericay) to get back into the game and I think we were worth at least a point.”
For the fourth time in less than a month, the Greens found themselves behind with less than ten minutes gone on Monday evening.
Hendon goalkeeper Charlie Horlock raced off his line to face an oncoming attack but was lobbed by Ricky Sappleton.
McCann’s men responded well and were level when Dave Diedhiou fired past Town keeper Billy Lumley.
However, Billericay went into the break ahead after Sappleton chipped Horlock for the second time.
Hendon enjoyed the bulk of possession following the interval but both teams had chances.
Carl McCluskey came closest to drawing the Greens level but his free header from a corner sailed wide.
On Saturday, Hendon were beaten by a strong Kingstonian side. The usual early goal arrived in the fifth minute as a K’s corner was met by Matt Drage who headed home.
The visitors doubled their lead as Ryan Moss scored from close range despite clashing with Horlock in the build up.
The Greens pulled a goal back when Michael Murray recovered from a poor first touch to fire inside the post.
The game remained close in the second period. In the 82nd minute substitute Anthony Thomas had the chance to grab a late equaliser but Kingstonian stopper Rob Tolfrey saved acrobatically.
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