Manager Hussain is hoping that Baker will rise to the challenge
PUBLISHED: 16:00 14 October 2011
London APSA boss Zakir Hussain is calling on his inexperienced keeper Grant Baker to improve after costing his side a point at Stansted on Saturday.
Baker has now conceded nine goals in the last two games, a 5-0 defeat to Takeley last Tuesday and 4-2 against the Airportmen at the weekend, despite the score being 2-2 at the break, with APSA’s goals coming from Yaseem Patel and Zubair Halleem.
Hussain knows the 18-year-old keeper will have to learn quickly if his side want to return to their form at the start of the season.
“He is only a young goalkeeper, and has saved us in a lot of games, but it was two mistakes which cost us on Saturday,” admitted the APSA boss.
“But hopefully he’ll learn and come back stronger than ever. You could see the whole team drop after the two goals, and the form of your keeper is vital.
“Stansted weren’t that great and we certainly matched them and could have taken something from it, but now we have to respond.”
APSA, currently groundsharing with Clapton at the Old Spotted Dog while the Terence McMillan Stadium undergoes work, will get a chance to bounce back against Takeley in the first leg of the League Cup second round tonight (Wednesday).
Then they make the trip to last season’s Essex Senior League champions Enfield 1893, who are currently unbeaten in eight games this season.
“Takeley will be quite familiar and we have more than enough to at least match them,” said Hussain.
“I won’t say that we are going to beat them but we have to give ourselves a chance.
“Enfield are one of the favourites and are a very solid, strong team with a high calibre of players for this division.
“At the moment a few of the boys are playing with injuries and that doesn’t help.
“Those that have come in are not at the level we need compared to those that are playing through the pain barrier.
“We have to be at the top of our game if we are to stand a chance of getting anything from the match.”
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