London APSA boss disappointed despite decent run
PUBLISHED: 14:12 18 December 2013 | UPDATED: 17:10 20 December 2013
London APSA manager Zakir Hussain admitted if he been offered six points out of nine before league fixtures against Great Wakering Rovers, Takeley and Tower Hamlets, all in the top five of the Essex Senior League, he would have bitten their hands off.
So despite excellent 3-1 victories over Great Wakering and Takeley, last Saturday’s 1-0 away defeat to Tower Hamlets left the APSA boss a little disappointed.
“We had about seven players missing against Tower Hamlets and had three debutants and only three on the bench,” said Hussain.
“We had chances though, five good ones and they scored late on so it is disappointing but if you had offered me six points out of nine ahead of those three games I certainly would have taken it.
“Considering what we went through against Clapton (5-0 defeat), which was demoralising for everyone at the club, we have bounced back really well.
“Great Wakering was the standout, it was similar to the Takeley performance in terms of how we played, players were pushing to score goals all the time and not sitting back like you expect against the top sides.
“To do it against Great Wakering, a few days after beating Takeley, showed it wasn’t a fluke.”
A massive positive from the weekend was the return of Bilal Bapu from a double leg break which has kept him out of first team action for three years.
Hussain lavished praise on the defender, adding: “Bilal had a horrific injury which most don’t recover from but he is so determined and I am delighted to see him back.
“He played centre half and was amazing. I was so pleased he was able to reach that level again, especially as he has been with the club since he was 15.” Basildon United visit the Terence McMillan Stadium this weekend and Hussain would love to end 2013 with a win.
“Basildon are a very tricky side, they are good going forward,” he said.
“They can hammer you or concede five goals so they are very inconsistent.
“We really want to get three points and hopefully finish this half of the season with a win.”
Other than Tower Hamlets, all of Newham’s other league teams struggled as Sporting Bengal lost 4-1 away to Bowers & Pitsea. London Bari were beaten 4-0 at home by Sawbridgeworth Town, while Clapton’s good form couldn’t continue as they lost 2-1 away to Takeley.