Ramblers strike late on but APSA boss Hussain is happy with a point

PUBLISHED: 12:40 24 November 2011

London APSA manager Zakir Hussain

London APSA manager Zakir Hussain


London APSA boss Zakir Hussain felt a point was the fair result on Saturday after his side’s 1-1 home draw with Burnham Ramblers in the Essex Senior League.

But it could have been different for APSA after taking the lead in the 86th minute through Yasin Patel, only for Ross Wall to net a stoppage-time leveller for Burnham.

“On reflection it was probably a fair result, but we had our chances in the first half to be at least 2-0 up,” said Hussain.

“But Burnham are a strong side who will always be around the top six or seven in the league and they dominated probably 30-35 minutes of the second half.

“Then Yasin popped up with what we thought was a winner only to concede a late leveller, although when the ball was played through it rolled along his arm, but the ref didn’t see it.

“But I have got to be happy with our defensive effort throughout the match and hopefully we can start converting some of our chances at the other end.”

Patel is away for the next two weeks, so misses APSA’s clash against second-placed Witham Town in the league at the weekend, and the following two fixtures against Sawbridgeworth Town and Barking.

Realistically, Hussain is targeting a point from the Witham game, as they look to extend their unbeaten run to four matches in the league.

“Losing Yasin is a massive blow as he is the type of player that can change games for us,” he said.

“But when you don’t pay wages you can’t complain. We will have one or two new faces in the team at the weekend though, which will give us a few more options. Witham are another one of the big boys in the league and we’ll be up against it, but I am hopeful of a point.

“If we can nick points off the teams at the top and beat others around us we’ll be safe in mid table. The aim is to keep the mini run going, and we know every side can have their off day and let’s hope Witham’s is on Saturday.”

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