Struggling London APSA are made to pay for their lack of cutting edge

PUBLISHED: 09:00 11 November 2011

London APSA win this aerial duel, but they could not win their clash with Bethnal Green

London APSA win this aerial duel, but they could not win their clash with Bethnal Green


London APSA assistant manager Khalid Pervaiz feels the lack of cutting edge up front is costing them dear as their winless run continued with a 3-0 defeat to rivals Bethnal Green United.

In a quiet first half with very few chances their Mile End hosts took the lead when Billy Holland capitalised on a defensive mix-up to score past keeper Ian Stanley.

APSA wasted good opportunities in the opening stages of the second period, and were made to pay as two goals in the final 10 minutes from Junior Appiah and Ben Protheroe saw APSA’s winless streak now stretch to seven league games.

“It was only 1-0 at the break and we had three good chances in the second half and couldn’t take them,” said Pervaiz, taking the team in the absence of manager Zakir Hussain.

“We are just lacking that cutting edge up front to take some of these chances and at the moment it is costing us.

“There is a lack of concentration for the full 90 minutes. We seem to be good for large chunks of the game but we let it slip in short periods and that proves to be our undoing.”

Injuries, suspensions and unavailability’s are costing London APSA at the moment with many of their senior players absent, including former Ilford striker Zubair Haleem who is serving a three-match suspension after a recent sending off.

And once they return Pervaiz feels they can begin to get back to their early season winning ways, which saw them open the season with nine points from a possible 12.

But in the meantime they face Basildon United tonight (Wednesday), and fellow strugglers Bowers & Pitsea on Saturday.

“The players that are out are our senior ones, especially Zubair, but once they come back we will be stronger and should start picking up some results again,” he added.

“We have got to pick something up in the Basildon game. If we can then that will the give the boys some confidence for Saturday which is another crucial one.”

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