Boss Hussain looks to the future and believes patience is a virtue

PUBLISHED: 12:00 09 December 2011

Mohammed Dakr

Mohammed Dakr

Gavin Ellis

London APSA boss Zakir Hussain has urged patience as he continues to shape a squad he hopes can be successful in the long term.

Goals from Andre Machetti and Mo Dakri saw APSA fight back from 2-0 down against Barking on Saturday, but they failed to deal with a short goal-kick and conceded the winning goal with four minutes to play.

Hussain’s side subsequently suffered their third straight league defeat and have now won just once in 13 matches.

But the APSA boss feels the experience his raw side are gaining will stand them in good stead for next season and beyond.

Hussain said: “Our performances have been better, the hard work has paid off.

“The results and our form have not improved at the moment, but we have to keep plugging away and get as much experience as we can to be a lot better next season.

“We need to address giving goals away.

“Individuals, from the goalkeeper right through the team, need to work on that and if we can cut out the silly goals that will give everyone a bit of confidence. That’s the key for us.”

APSA are fourth from bottom in the Essex Senior League and take on Sawbridgeworth Town on Saturday – the second game between the pair in less than two weeks.

The teams met at the Terence Macmillan Stadium last Tuesday night, where APSA fought back to level from two goals down, but eventually lost 4-2.

Home matches against fellow strugglers Clapton and Haringey & Waltham Development follow and Hussain feels December will be a season-defining month for his side.

He said: “To get to 35 points would be a good season for us.

“The three games coming up now are key for us and we want to go into January with a points tally that keeps us on track.

“When I have a full squad available we can give anybody a game.

“But the players don’t get paid at our club, so it’s difficult to get them all in at the same time.”

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