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Manchester v Loughborough: Chris Vernon preview

by Michael Henson

Manchester head into Sunday’s game on the back of three wins in a row and Head Coach Chris Vernon is hoping to continue that run against Loughborough at the National Cycling Centre.

Road wins against Sheffield and Nottingham, combined with a home victory against Birmingham Tigers, puts his side in a good position for the final regular season game and Vernon is hoping for another three points to close the campaign.

“I want to keep the momentum of recent games and training sessions,” he said.

“It's a game we can win if we perform at the level I know my team can play at.”

Vernon continued: “The last six weeks have been very effective with learning a style that brings out the best of the players.

“Momentum, like I say, is there and I want to see how we perform more than ever on Sunday.”

A win will see MFC end the first part of the season on a four-game winning streak, a record that could help propel them to the play-offs and Vernon feels that his players are more than capable of delivering a result.

Vernon remarked: “I need player efforts to continue at the highest level they can deliver at. It's picked up since a few lessons were learnt earlier in the season.

“I demand more and more from them every week and I have a team ready to fight.

“These players love futsal and with transitions sometimes we need patience but players are feeling it and we’re hitting good form at the right time.”

Following the completion of Sunday’s game, Loughborough will have three games in hand on Manchester and the Head Coach knows how key a positive result is.

“We have to look after our home games and give the spectators a game to remember,” he commented.

“As long as my players give me a positive performance in both halves, I’ll be happy.

“We’ll worry about ourselves and let Loughborough think about their games in hand.”

Sunday’s opposition came out on top in the reverse fixture in a 6-5 victory and Vernon is wary of the challenges that they will pose his team.

He stated: “I’m not expecting a similar game to last time as I expect my players to perform at a much higher level than they did that day.

“It was a good encounter last time round but I have had time to reflect on it and that was a game we didn’t take advantage of.

“However, I’m still expecting it to be a spectacle with both sides putting on a show for the fans in attendance.”

Sunday marks another double game with the Academy side taking on Durham following the completion of the first team match and the Head Coach is looking forward to switching roles and checking out the game as a spectator.

“I’m really looking forward to the day,” he beamed.

“It gives me a chance to put my feet up and look at the Academy side from a different perspective.

“These are the days you live for and, for me, we’ll be delivering another successful Futsal event.”

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