Newham boss pleased to see team not lose again

PUBLISHED: 16:00 24 March 2015

Newham manager Zakir Hussain (pic: Alam Zaman)

Newham manager Zakir Hussain (pic: Alam Zaman)


Newham shared four goals with Waltham Forest despite having no substitutes

Newham only had 11 players available for Saturday’s Essex Senior League clash with Waltham Forest, yet ended their run of six successive defeats.

Jamal Nelson and Vlad Sighiartau netted at Wadham Lodge Stadium to earn Zakir Hussain’s team a 2-2 draw despite having no substitutes to pick from.

It was their first positive result in the league since January 17, when they beat Takeley 5-2, and their manager was happy to not see his team beaten again.

“I was pleased to not lose the game, I was not pleased to draw because we could have won the match, but pleased to not lose,” said Hussain.

“First half we should have been 3-0 up. It wasn’t an easy game, but we had chances to put the game to bed.

“We said at half time do the same, but centre backs fell asleep and Waltham’s guy ran on and scored a very good goal and then it is that sinking feeling again.

“Our goalkeeper could have done better with the second, but credit to the boys they came back.

“Everyone stepped up because we had lost that momentum and lost that drive we had earlier in the season and it seemed like players had just given up.”

Newham did have several injuries on Saturday, but some members of their squad had made themselves unavailable.

Hussain was pleased the new players he introduced brought a freshness and positive mindset.

And he insisted that played a big part in them earning a point against Forest, which keeps them 11th in the table on 42 points.

“We only had 11 players on Saturday and that tells you something about what the recent defeats have led to,” added Hussain.

“We had some players out injured in all fairness, but some have made themselves unavailable.

“The 11 players we had out were a bit of a patched up side. But sometimes you need fresh leg.

“The difference was, although we have had better players in previous weeks, these boys had no fear and they weren’t worried about losing and we needed their energy and drive.”

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