FA Cup runneth over for overwhelmed APSA as Maldon hit nine!
PUBLISHED: 11:22 30 August 2012
London APSA boss Zakir Hussain made no excuses after his side’s 9-1 defeat at Maldon & Tiptree as they crashed out of the FA Cup at the preliminary-round stage.
Aqib Salim was their lone scorer in the 35th minute, but they were 4-0 down by that time and both James Robinson and Jamie Guy secured hat-tricks for the Ryman One North side to complete the rout.
And Hussain admitted the outcome could have been even worse after his Essex Senior League outfit were outclassed on the day.
He said: “If anything, I think the scoreline flattered us because our goalkeeper was our man-of-the-match.
“We played a very good side in a higher league than us and we needed to be at our very best to get a result.
“But we produced our worst performance of the season and we made far too many mistakes.
“The goals we conceded were very poor and you wouldn’t think a team could make so many mistakes in one game.
“I think the game overwhelmed some of our players, who looked beaten as soon as they got onto the pitch and that was a big disappointment for me.
“It was a bad day at the office and we’ve just got to take it on the chin.”
APSA entertained Barkingside in the first leg of the League Cup second round on Tuesday, before heading to Sawbridgeworth Town on Saturday in the first qualifying round of the FA Vase.
And their manager believes his players have what it takes to bounce back this week.
Hussain said: “The boys now know there’s a lot of hard work ahead.
“I believe they’ll go into this week’s games with confidence.
“Sawbridgeworth Town will be at the top end of the table come the end of the season.
“They’re direct and organised and it will be difficult.
“But we think we’re good enough to compete against them.”
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