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Gary McCann praised his heroic Hendon players after their 1-0 win against Bideford Town in the FA Trophy
5:09pm Monday 4th November 2013 in Sport
Hendon manager Gary McCann praised his player’s “heroic performances” as the Greens defeated Bideford Town 1-0 in the FA Trophy second qualifying round.
Casey Maclaren was dismissed eight minutes into the game for violent conduct after he was adjudged to have elbowed a Town defender.
Bideford went into the match as the only unbeaten side in the country but they struggled to break down a resolute Hendon defence and the game remained goalless at the interval.
Town improved after the break and Berkley Laurencin produced four good saves, especially ato deny an angled drive from Matt Bye and a 20-yard strike from Nick Milton.
Bideford were reduced to ten men when Rob Farkins was sent off for an apparent elbow on Lee O’Leary with 20 minutes remaining and the Greens ensured their place in the next round late on as Dave Diedhiou struck home a fierce effort.
McCann said: “I told the players that I wanted a positive reaction to the disappointment of midweek and I was pleased with the way that we did it – and to the early red card, which I thought was very harsh.
“The shift put in by the 10 men was tremendous. I was really proud of them and every one put in heroic performances. We were so disciplined after losing Casey, but our centre-backs and goalkeeper were outstanding.
“It was difficult losing Tony Taggart before the game but he said Dave Diedhiou would be our match-winner. The late change meant that we could reshuffle without making a substitution.
“I have already made it clear that I want to have a good run in this competition. In recent years, our focus was more on the FA Cup, but with our early exit from the Cup, I want to go a long way in the FA Trophy."
The Greens have been handed a home tie in the next round and will take on Oxford City.
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