APSA leave it late but manager believes the win was deserved

PUBLISHED: 12:00 28 September 2012

London APSA pictured before Saturdays match

London APSA pictured before Saturdays match

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London APSA boss Zakir Hussain felt it was a deserved three points for his side after defender Christian Beaupierre’s 90th minute winner against Newham rivals Clapton in the Essex Senior League on Saturday.

Beaupierre had earlier cleared off the line in the first half against the Tons in a man-of-the-match performance at the Old Spotted Dog, and Hussain was a relieved man come the final whistle.

APSA leave it late but manager believes the win was deserved “These derby games are harder then most of the others in the league, and I am sure both us and Clapton were targeting the three points,” he said.

“The winner took a long time in coming, but I felt we deserved it on the whole game. They had the better chances in the first half and Christian cleared off the line, but it was much improved in the second half from us.

“We could have been one or two up before that, but he’s stepped up and slotted in a fantastic free-kick.

“Christian has turned out to be a good summer signing, he has been willing to play in a number of positions in defence. His work-rate is second to none and he always shows a lot of heart.”

But skipper Urfat Hussain faces two weeks on the sidelines with an ankle injury picked up in the game and the APSA boss feels he will be a massive loss.

“He is a club man through and through and he had not long come back from another injury,” he added.

“But his ankle has swollen up like a balloon now and there is no doubt his presence will be missed.”

With the possibility of introducing a few new faces over the coming weeks, Hussain believes that the competition for places will be a good thing, and one that will seem them rise up the table.

“The problem so far has been consistency and being able to field the same team on a regular basis,” said the APSA chief.

“But the likes of Mo Dakri should be available for Saturday, and another couple of new players should be ready for consideration soon as well.

“Once that happens I will have 20 players to choose a 16-man squad from. That will hopefully bring out the best of everyone.”

After last night’s (Tuesday’s) encounter with Eton Manor in the league, APSA then host Haringey & Waltham Development on Saturday.

“Haringey are a good, young side, but hopefully we can put the pressure on to them with another good performance and another three points.”

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