Hendon boss McCann tells squad they all need to chip in with goals

PUBLISHED: 10:30 08 January 2015

Hendon boss Gary McCann

Hendon boss Gary McCann


Gary McCann has called on his Hendon squad to chip in with goals from all areas rather than relying on Leon Smith and Kezie Ibe to hit the back of the net.

Smith has been in superb form this season, scoring his 21st goal of the campaign against Harrow Borough to earn the Greens a point.

Defender Elliott Brathwaite also got his name on the scoresheet – his second goal in three games, which pleased McCann.

He said: “It is funny because I give the boys a 20-game target. It is a bit of fun but they are realistic targets and if they don’t reach their targets they put a tenner into the players’ pool. It is fun, but it is also real.

“Elliot Braithwaite, for the last however long, had put those tenners in. He is now asking if he can take one of his goals back from this 20-game period.

“He has got a couple of important goals in recent weeks and everyone has got to chip in.

We’ve highlighted this in the last few weeks – it is not just the Kezie Ibe and Leon Smith show when we get in the final third.

“Your Lee O’Leary’s, your Sam Murphy’s, your centre halves, your wide players – they’ve all got to chip in a little more.

“If they start chipping in a little more, you’ll be winning games by three and four.

“At the moment we are winning them by odd goals. If everyone starts chipping in then the goals for column will start growing.”

Next up for Hendon is a trip to Enfield Town on Saturday and McCann says his players are only interested in achieving automatic promotion.

“They are not interested in the teams around them when the results come out. They’re asking how did Margate and Maidstone get on? And that tells you that they are looking up, not underneath.

“Again, that is reward for where they are at and we’ve just got to keep plugging away, game by game.”

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