McCann: I’m Proud Of My Players

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Gary McCann, manager of Ryman League Premier Division club Hendon, looked back with pride at the defeat of Harrow Borough on Easter Monday.

He said: “I am so proud of the group; how they have gone about their work under such pressure. They have given me everything I could have asked for.

“It wasn’t the best of games to watch, but I thought we were very good in the right areas and deserved to win. Our midfield, defence and goalkeeper were immaculate – I think we limited Harrow to two attempts on goal.

“It has been a relentless ten games for us. I did not think that winning our three penultimate games in a row would not have got us clear of danger.

“In fact, if you had offered me twenty-one points out the last twenty-seven available I would have ripped off your hand. But the job is not done yet and we must not fall at the final hurdle on Saturday.

“We are in a great place in terms of our confidence and there has been a real togetherness about us.

“After we lost at Billericay Town, we had thirty-two points from thirty-six games and I gave the players a target from four groups of games, three, three, two and two. I knew fifty points – our target at the start of the season – was not going to be enough, but I thought fifty-one or fifty-two would have sufficed.

“We met the target in each of the first three sets, but even with a win from the first of game of the last pair, it was no enough. It is hard to believe that fifty-three points – or even fifty-four – may not be enough, but that just says how unpredictable the division is”.

(Phil Rogers)

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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