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Hendon boss McCann expecting positive response when Canvey Island visit Earlsmead

PUBLISHED: 23:44 15 January 2015 | UPDATED: 23:44 15 January 2015

Hendon boss Gary McCann

Hendon boss Gary McCann

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Hendon boss Gary McCann is expecting a response from his players when the Greens take on Canvey Island at Earlsmead on Saturday following their 1-0 defeat at Enfield Town.

Since winning promotion to the Ryman League, Town have been a bogey side for Hendon, winning six out of six matches.

McCann said: “They deserved to win. We weren’t anywhere near where we have been and want to be in terms of performance.

“They set up in a different shape and they’ve got some decent players.

“We were very flat. We hadn’t played in 10 days but it looked like 10 years.”

The Greens were hoping to get back to winning ways against Met Police on Monday night, but the rain led to that match being postponed. However, McCann believes the correct decision was made.

“It is hard to believe that the game passed the first inspection at 3pm but, when the floodlights went on at 7pm, I’d say a third of the pitch was covered in water.

“We are both footballing sides and I agreed with the Met Police manager Jimmy Cooper that the game should be postponed. We said that to the referee and now the fixture will be rearranged.

“We are playing twice a week up until the middle of February so I think that match will be put back towards the end of the season, which suits both teams.”

McCann expects to have captain Kevin Maclaren plus midfielders Dave Diedhiou and James Fisher back for the visit of Canvey, who have struggled for consistency.

McCann added: “I speak to the Canvey manager Danny Heale quite regularly.

“They’ve got some good players there like Enoch Showunmi, who will be a handful, but they have been indifferent so far this season, winning a game and then losing the next.

“They haven’t been able to put a consistent run of wins together.

We will be looking at this game to get ourselves back on track after the defeat at Enfield.”

Hendon are currently fourth in the table, eight points off league leaders Maidstone United who beat Canvey 2-1 on Saturday.

McCann said: “What tends to happen at this stage of the season is teams who are not in with a chance of promotion or fearing relegation will cut their budgets and play with a bit more freedom. Other teams will invest.”

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