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Wingate’s on-loan Barnet ace left to draw on the positives

PUBLISHED: 14:00 11 December 2018

Barnet defender Loic Hernandez in action for loan club Wingate & Finchley at Margate (pic: Martin Addison).

Barnet defender Loic Hernandez in action for loan club Wingate & Finchley at Margate (pic: Martin Addison).

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Rob Laney looks ahead to the Blues upcoming clash with Harlow Town after Loic Hernandez’s late equaliser earned a point at Margate

Rob Laney looks to keep the ball for Wingate & Finchley at Margate (pic: Martin Addison).Rob Laney looks to keep the ball for Wingate & Finchley at Margate (pic: Martin Addison).

Wingate & Finchley loanee Loic Hernandez has called on his team-mates to maintain their possession-based game over the course of the 90 minutes after seeing a lead slip during Saturday’s 2-2 draw in the Bostik Premier at Margate.

There was plenty of action at Hartsdown Park as Glen Little’s side faced the Gate with Rob Laney heading the Blues ahead, before the hosts’ hit back to take a 2-1 lead.

Yet Barnet full-back Hernandez dragged the Blues level in the most thunderous of ways with just seconds to spare.

The defender remained humble after the league draw and heaped praise on the attributes of the team, but admitted there is work still to be done.

Hernandez said: “We are quite comfortable on the ball and I think sometimes that can lead to complacency and that’s what led to their first and second goal.

“If we keep the same intensity from start to finish and keep the ball moving, there is no reason why we can’t dominate teams and keep moving forward.”

On his goal, Hernandez added: “It wasn’t a bad finish. Charlie Cole picked up the rebound, crossed it back in and then I just thought I could get on the end of it and volley it in. Thank god it did!

“The game was a bit of a scramble because obviously we wanted to come home with a win, but I am happy.”

Laney, who grabbed the opener, shared his team-mates sentiment and felt golden chances were missed and the goals conceded could have been avoided.

He added: “First half we were really dominant and maybe should have scored a couple more goals and it was a scruffy goal to let in from our corner.

“The second-half was good. We had the ball, we still had more of the possession, but we should have taken more chances.

“And again they had a long throw, so that was a scrappy goal and we should have dealt with it a bit better and then their goalkeeper has pulled off two amazing saves to deny us scoring.

“If my header went in, they would have had their backs to the wall and we could have even gone on and got the win. We could have easily nicked three points, but what a finish from Loic, it was straight out of the top drawer!”

The games are coming thick and fast for the Summers Lane club, but the next four before the festive period are at home.

Laney believes there is more to come from Little’s side and they will aim to show this when Harlow Town visit the Maurice Rebak Stadium tonight for a 7:45pm kick-off.

“We’re building and Glen’s pleased with us and the way we’re going. We’re not getting back into horrible habits,” the striker continued.

“We didn’t come to Margate and lose and we have a big game now against Harlow, so that’s a must win for us at home.

“Then we have the FA Trophy – which is winnable against Dulwich Hamlet – and that’s going to be a great day out and then back to the league next Tuesday (for the visit of Bishop’s Stortford on December 18).

“We have four home games in a row now and we really have to make the most of them, try to get some points, climb up the table and see where we are at Christmas.”

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