Hussain hopes to get his side back on track as they face a derby duel

PUBLISHED: 12:00 04 November 2011

London APSA manager Zakir Hussain

London APSA manager Zakir Hussain


London APSA boss Zakir Hussain is hoping the new month of November can be kinder to him than October.

With eight games over the last month Hussain has seen his side slip to eight straight defeats, while only scoring two goals in the process.

But with a new month, the APSA chief is hoping it brings about a fresh start from where his side can improve.

“I am happy to get over the month, there was a lot of games and not enough confidence to take anything from those games,” he said.

“I am glad October is over and now it is about making sure we start this month in the right fashion. We cannot have another month like the one just gone.”

And with a trip to Bethnal Green United this weekend for an Essex Senior League clash, Hussain hopes the derby rivalry will be the spark his side need.

“It’ll be a tough fixture for sure and although Bethnal Green are up towards the top of the league they haven’t set the world alight in their start as they have done in previous seasons.

“We know most of their players, management and their committee very well and it should make it an interesting game.”

Their latest match against Haringey & Waltham Development was postponed on Saturday due to the death of Haringey’s 18-year-old defender Theo Baafi-Mensah in a car accident last Friday. “It is tragic what has happened and it was rightly postponed,” he said.

“We were made aware of the issue on Friday evening and our condolences go out to everyone at the club and his family, no one can play a game of football after what had happened.”

And after now having a two-week break from action, Hussain hopes the rest will have given his players eagerness to get back to winning ways.

“That extra break, although it was for the wrong reasons, will give a couple of the players time to get over a few niggling injuries,” he admitted.

“Plus without having a game to play, I am hoping the players will now be eager enough to come back to football and try and start notching up a few points.”

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