Manager Hussain wants his side to develop a killer touch in front of goal

PUBLISHED: 09:00 21 October 2011

Zakir Hussain

Zakir Hussain


London APSA boss Zakir Hussain believes his strikers must quickly find their shooting boots to help the team gain the points their performances deserve.

The east Londoners slipped to a 1-0 defeat away at Enfield 1893 on Saturday – their fifth consecutive Essex Senior League defeat.

But Hussain believes his side’s recent results are not reflective of the way they are playing and urged his forwards to be more ruthless in front of goal.

“We’re creating chances and getting in all the right positions, but our strikers haven’t got their shooting boots on at the moment and aren’t putting them away,” he said.

“The opposition seem to have one chance and score and that’s the difference at the moment. We tend to have plenty of possession and control periods in games, but all that is no use if you don’t score at the end of it.

“We’re a bit goal-shy at the moment, the players are getting the chances, they just need to be a bit more ruthless in front of goal.

“We’re playing better than nine points from nine games shows. I’m not concerned about how we are playing.

“We’ve got a lot of new players and players that haven’t played at this level, so we haven’t quite got a complete squad able to compete as I would like.

“But, we don’t need to do anything drastic, it’s just a matter of small differences.”

APSA have the welcome distraction of an FA Vase first round tie with the Haringey & Waltham Development on Saturday.

With the north-east Londoners currently at the foot of the Essex Senior League table, APSA will fancy their chances of winning the prize money and a place in round two.

But Hussain insists his side will take nothing for granted.

“It’s a great chance to get a win and put a few bob in the chairman’s coffers,” he said.

“It’s a game we should feel confident about and a win would give us a boost, but teams at this level can change from week to week, so it’s difficult to predict.

“Because of the position we’re in, I have to think that everyone is capable of beating us, so we need to prepare properly and won’t underestimate them.

“We should have a few players back soon that will make us a bit stronger.

“Jagbir Birring is a big strong centre-back and has been a huge miss for us, so he will make us a bit more solid and help deal with those set-pieces we keep conceding from.”

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