Make or break time for APSA as boss Hussain threatens changes
PUBLISHED: 17:00 15 December 2011
»London APSA have two more games before the Essex Senior League’s two-week break over the festive period and boss Zakir Hussain insists it is make or break time for his players.
After a good start to the season, his side have slipped dramatically over the last few months and now find themselves fourth from bottom in the league, after a run of six games without a win.
In that period they have conceded 25 goals, with the latest a 6-1 defeat at Sawbridgeworth Town on Saturday.
Hussain has stuck by the players that have done well for him in the past, but feels the poor run has got to come to an end against Clapton this weekend, otherwise his hand will be forced.
“Six or seven of these players are good enough to walk into most teams at this level and perform, but they are simply not performing,” admitted Hussain.
“The players are treating it like this is their Sunday football, where they play with their mates for a laugh.
“But you can’t treat this standard of football like that otherwise you will get severely punished, which we are at the moment.
“If we win these next two games, it puts us at about par to where we want to be, but two defeats mean we’ll have to look elsewhere for players.
“To lose 6-1 to a team like Sawbridgeworth is very disappointing. These are the sides we should at least be matching and I can’t accept that sort of performance any more.
“These are teams that we shouldn’t be worlds apart from. They are not better than us. You can slightly understand getting heavily beaten by top sides, but against Sawbridgeworth it isn’t acceptable.”
Going into the Clapton match this weekend, Hussain knows the atmosphere is at an all time low, but knows derby games don’t always go to form.
“Clapton will be thinking we are there for the taking, and that is probably right,” he added.
“But now the lads have got to show desire to want to win football matches, and want to do well for London APSA.
“The current run is an embarrassment, but it has to come to an end somewhere.”
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