London APSA pay the penalty as they go crashing out of the Vase
London APSA boss Zakir Hussain has every confidence his strikers can find their shooting boots after their miserable run of form continued with a 3-0 defeat in the FA Vase against Haringey & Waltham Development.
The game hinged on two penalty misses for APSA, and although they are creating plenty of chances, Hussain knows they need to start converting them if they are to end their run which has seen them lose seven league and cup games, with only three scored in the process.
“The penalties were at crucial times, with the score at 0-0 and 1-0, and usually I’d bet my house on the two penalty takers to convert,” said the London APSA boss.
“But when you can’t even score from the spot you know you are in trouble. The chances are there which is pleasing. The strikers we have at the club are more than capable of scoring plenty, but they just lack the confidence at the moment. They have been good for us in the past and I have faith that they can start finding the back of the net.”
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The unavailability of Yaasin Patel has been a major loss for Hussain and his side, with the attacking midfielder netting five of their goals so far this season.
But with Patel likely to be available in the next fortnight again, Hussain sees his side’s fortunes turning.
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“Yaasin has been a major loss for our side, there is no denying that,” he added.
“But over the next couple of weeks we may make a few tweaks, plus have him available again which is a boost.”
They get back into Essex Senior League action this weekend, when they face last weekend’s FA Vase opponents Haringey & Waltham Development and the APSA boss believes now is as good a time as any to start picking up the points.
“They are a very young and quick side, and their league position doesn’t realy justify how they performed against us last week,” admitted Hussain.
“They are a good side, but the league shows that they haven’t picked up the points.
“It’s the same for both sides, we must start picking up the points and there is no reason why we cannot change our fortunes at the weekend.”