Hendon boss McCann wants to replicate Dulwich Hamlet off the pitch
PUBLISHED: 16:29 29 October 2014 | UPDATED: 16:36 29 October 2014
Hendon boss Gary McCann is hopeful that one day the Greens will be able to build a fanbase like Dulwich Hamlet.
Over 1,000 fans were at Champion Hill to see Hendon pick up a well-earned point against Hamlet and McCann was full of praise for the opposition both on and off the pitch.
He said: “I’m not sure how they have done it, but I have a lot of respect for the club.
“To have gone from being a non-league team who used to get a couple of hundred fans at matches to having over 1,000 fans at their matches is brilliant.
“If we can get our own home ground I’d like to look towards replicating what Dulwich have done off the pitch by building a fanbase like that in the local community.”
McCann was correct in his prediction that the game would be a close one and felt his side were unlucky not to have come away with the three points.
He said; “I said to the lads in the dressing room at half-time that it had the feel of a one-goal game or a blank.
“I thought we defended very well. We conceded quite a lot of possession in certain areas, which shows the respect I have for Gavin Rose and his team.
“When we won the ball back I wasn’t pleased with how we went about trying to retain it.
“In the second half we got more of a grip on the game and had the three better chances, although my keeper Ben McNamara pulled off two excellent saves to keep Dulwich out.”
With Hendon out of the FA Cup, McCann wants his side to go as far as possible in the FA Trophy.
The Greens will travel to Suffolk on Saturday to face Bury Town, who beat Tonbridge Angels at home in the Ryman League at the weekend.
McCann said: “We got to the first round proper last year and after falling a round short in the FA Cup it would be good to make progress in the Trophy.”
McCann’s players are enjoying their first week-long break of the season but the manager is busy.
He said: “I’m currently taking a look at a couple of triallists. One is a wide player and the other is a central midfielder.”
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