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Gary McCann pleased with Hendon's character after Greens come from behind to beat Cray Wanderers 4-1
12:29pm Monday 21st October 2013 in Sport
Hendon manager Gary McCann hailed his side's character after the Greens came from behind to beat Cray Wanderers 4-1 at Hayes Lane in the FA Trophy.
McCann's men went behind early on but two goals put them ahead at the break before another two in the second half put the result beyond doubt.
The victory is Hendon's first in the competition in four years.
"I thought we were excellent and some of our passing was outstanding," McCann said.
"After going behind early, we showed great character in coming back into the game.In the last hour we could have scored any number of goals.
"Berkley said he was fouled for the goal as he went for the corner, but he then made a great save to keep it at 1-0. After we equalised, we never looked like losing."
"There wasn’t a bad performance from anyone."
The visitors continued their unfortunate habit of conceding early goals as a corner from Cray's Jack Clark was picked up by a gust of wind and blown into the net over Berkley Laurencin's head.
Cray could have extended their lead had they been more clinical in front of goal and the home side paid for their wastefulness in the 27th minue when Tony Taggart equalised with a shot from the edge of the penalty area.
Spurred on by their goal, Hendon should have taken the lead but Dave Diedhiou and Carl McCluskey both missed chances.
Five minutes before half-time however, the away team did go in front as Chris Seeby fired into the net after a neat interchange of passes between Lee O'Leary and Kevin Maclaren.
Casey Maclaren thought he had added a third before half-time but his effort was ruled out for offside.
The result was effectively settled though less than two minutes into the second period when Jefferson Louis headed into the bottom corner to make it 3-1.
Cray could and should have pulled one back immediately but a rebounded effort from close range flew over the crossbar.
Three minutes from time, Hendon scored a fourth as Louis latched on to a through ball, held off the defender before rounding the keeper and rolling the ball into an empty net.
Hendon return to the Ryman League Premier Division on Saturday when they entertain Thamesmead Town at Earlsmead.
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