Hendon boss McCann wants his side to break into the top two in the league

PUBLISHED: 11:24 17 October 2014

Hendon boss Gary McCann

Hendon boss Gary McCann


Hendon’s FA Cup dreams came to an end for another season as they lost 1-0 at Dorchester Town.

The Greens created enough chances to grab an equaliser or even win the game and manager Gary McCann could only look on as Dorchester were drawn at home against Bristol Rovers in the next round on Monday.

McCann said: “In the last half hour Leon Smith, who has been in a great run of form, missed chances that you would have put your house on him scoring – it just wasn’t his day.

“He really should have broken the club record for goals in consecutive games but that is not a criticism . Leon has been brilliant for us since he joined the club.

“We believe we can still get more out of him. Mentally we are trying to help him get over missing chances.”

Hendon face a difficult run of fixtures before the end of the month but McCann believes his side will relish the opportunity to try and push into the top two in the league table.

McCann said: “If you look at our next three games against Margate, Billericay Town and Dulwich Hamlet we will be doing well if we can create as many chances in those matches as we did in the second half against Dorchester.

“Margate are second in the league so the players will not need any motivation to get themselves focused and up for that match on Saturday.

“Before we had the two weeks to focus on the cup matches I told the players I wanted them to cement a position at the top of the table and they met the challenge.

“Now we want to try and break up the top two sides.

“We respect every team but we fear nobody.”

McCann has some injury concerns heading into the clash against second-placed Margate with striker Belal Aite-Ouakrim struggling with a hamstring injury he picked up in training.

Defender Casey Maclaren had surgery on a shoulder injury which is likely to keep him out for the next six to eight weeks.

Dave Diedhiou is still out with a knock and Tony Taggart is still short of match fitness.

Chris Seeby should be fit enough to return against Margate after missing Tuesday night’s League Cup match at Wingate & Finchley.

McCann said: “I think every team in the division is feeling the strain injury -wise at the moment.

“The players have been playing on Saturday and Tuesday since the start of the season and when you add in the 40 or 50 hour weeks most of them are working it is bound to have an impact on them.

“We have a tough run of games ahead of us and it will certainly test the resolve but we are looking forward to them.

“There is likely to be some good football played. Margate are a good footballing side and Dulwich also like to get the ball down and play out from the back.

“Billericay have always been a physical team to play against, but in the last few years they’ve also implemented a different style of play.”

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