Hussain draws positives after side halts poor six-match losing run
PUBLISHED: 15:45 25 March 2015
Newham face Southend Manor and Bowers & Pitsea this week
Newham boss Zakir Hussain was pleased his team ended their “dreadful” run at the weekend and now wants them to build some momentum with victory at Southend Manor on Saturday.
Hussain’s team earned a point against Waltham Forest after sharing four goals and it was their first positive result in the Essex Senior League since January 17 when they beat Takeley 5-2.
They had suffered six consecutive defeats and conceded 22 goals in that time, but ahead of this weekend’s trip to Manor, and the visit of title hopefuls Bowers to the Old Spotted Dog on Tuesday (March 31), Newham are looking to build some momentum.
“We need to go to Southend Manor and take the positivity from our draw with Waltham Forest and try to get a win,” said Hussain.
“A point against Bowers wouldn’t be a bad result. But we need something positive against Southend to take into the Bowers match, because they are a very good side.
“We can play a massive part in the title race and for us we don’t have any favourites we respect all the teams involved.
“I don’t think Bowers are in it, but it is between Barking and Haringey Borough and we can have a massive say in it.”
Newham only have six games remaining, one versus Haringey, as the Essex Senior League campaign nears the finish line, but Hussain has challenged his team to end the season strongly.
“If we can reach a decent points tally before the end of the year then the first part of the season would have played a big part in a fairly good season for us,” added Hussain.
“Our target has always been to finish as high as possible and get as many points as we can because it is a stepping stone for us in terms of recruiting players, because the higher you finish the more likely they are to join you next season.”
Jamal Nelson put Newham ahead at Forest, but they conceded twice in three minutes before Vlad Sighiartau levelled to earn a vital point.
“It was very pleasing that we didn’t lose the game because that was the most important thing,” added Hussain.
“We have been on a dreadful run lately and in recent weeks it seemed we couldn’t beat any team that we faced.”