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MFC vs. Loughborough: Match preview

by Aaron Russell

Manchester head into this weekend's clash with Loughborough knowing that victory will keep their faint hopes of qualification alive.

The FA National Futsal League North champions are eight points behind Oxford and Baltic with just four games remaining, but will take heart from last week's impressive 8-4 win at Baltic. 

"It's not mathematically impossible but right now we plan to take every game week by week," said caretaker coach Chris Vernon. "The question I've asked the players is can we win our last five games and that started with a yes last week.



"That result sent a huge buzz around the squad because of the huge participation of our U19s. Ben [Seol], Danny [Stapleton] and Aiden [Hilditch] travelled and played some very intense minutes, delivering their finest performance yet as a squad. That's what we will take with us on Sunday; a squad aware of the power unity has."

It has been a somewhat disappointing Super League for MFC so far with two wins, a draw and three defeats leaving them fourth in Group 'A'.

But despite the results, Vernon remains optimistic that Manchester can continue to fight to the death and end the league campaign on a high. 

"On paper the maths doesn't look great, especially for a club that's used to winning, but the team is going through a transition and the integration on the youth is paying off and we seen that last week," insisted Vernon.

"Every week players are learning and if the result doesn't go our way we look to see if a lesson has been learnt and in every game so far we've taken great pride in our performances due to the outcomes of player education.

"Victory is key on Sunday which makes it highly important. The players will not allow any room for error after last week's fantastic performance. They will want to keep to winning ways and the senior winning mentality is rubbing off on the youth in the first team."

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