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Hussain wants to start with bragging rights over Bengal

PUBLISHED: 14:30 07 January 2015

Newham boss Zakir Hussain

Newham boss Zakir Hussain

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Newham face rivals - their first match since the end of December

Newham manager Zakir Hussain is excited to be back in Essex Senior League action in this weekend’s derby match with Sporting Bengal United at Mile End Stadium.

Newham were last in action on December 27, but ended the year with a 4-0 loss at FC Romania.

However, they sit sixth in the league standings and are in a far healthier position than Bengal – who are bottom with eight points.

Hussain believes that will all count for little in the derby, though, and said: “We need to start the second half of the season well. Regardless of the fact we are facing Bengal, we want to start the new year well.

“It will be especially pleasing if we can start the year with a win and beat our rivals as well.

“There is a rivalry between us and Bengal, so I don’t think their league position will play a part in this match. They have good players and I’m sure some people will come out of the woodwork.”

Newham will host the match at Bengal’s Mile End Stadium and Hussain believes it is the perfect venue for the fixture. He also discussed how important the match is to the club.

“I think with the players both teams have the rivalry is different now compared to years ago,” Hussain added.

“Myself and the people above me are aware it is a fantastic match, so we’ll be doing everything we can to win because I want to get the bragging rights.

“Mile End is the perfect place because a large community in the area follows football and they will have it on their doorstep so hopefully we can get a lot of people coming to watch. It should be a great atmosphere.”

Hussain also revealed the two-week break has done his team wonders, adding: “It has been great to have a bit of time off and it refreshes everyone’s mind.”

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