HENDON manager Gary McCann praised Lowestoft Town for their resilience following the goalless draw between the sides in the Ryman Premier Division.
Lowestoft played for more than half of Saturday’s match with midfielder Travis Cole in goal after first-choice keeper Jamie Waite was forced off through injury, but they defended superbly in the second period to ensure that the Greens rarely looked like scoring.
McCann said: “If we had spoken at five past five on Saturday, I would have raged about our frustrating performance and inability to win the game.
“But, having had time to think about it, I have to give credit to Lowestoft for the way they defended, especially in the second half. They changed their shape and were happy to soak up pressure without giving us too many shooting opportunities.
“That said, I think we should have done much better in terms of quality and decision-making. We didn’t work their stand-in keeper anything like enough. We could have won the match, but we could equally have lost it as Lowestoft had three good chances in the second half. But we had our own chances, and possibly the best one of the game in the last two minutes.
“Losing Casey Maclaren was a massive blow for us. He will be out for some time, and that is bad news for him and us too.”
McCann added: “This was a game I really felt we had to win, especially as we have four very difficult games coming up. However, one thing the league has show this season is that if you get it right on the day then you can beat any opponent, irrespective of where the teams are in the table.”
A tough run of fixtures for Hendon begins with tomorrow’s trip to third-placed Havant and Waterlooville (3pm), while Tuesday sees the Greens hosting Wealdstone in the semi-finals of the Middlesex Senior Cup.