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King happy with hat-trick as Manchester bounce back

by Liz Owen

Raducio King felt Sunday’s win over Loughborough was the perfect response to the defeat against Birmingham the week before.

Manchester shrugged off any lasting effects of the 5-0 loss at the hands of the league leaders to storm to an 8-3 victory, in which King notched a hat-trick.

And the pivot believes there is even more to come from the team as he admitted there is still room for improvement.

“I think we redeemed ourselves well after losing at home – we stepped up our game and got a great result,” he said.

“Mentality-wise it was very different to the Birmingham game. We know Loughborough are a good side and have a lot of England internationals in their squad, but we wanted to make a statement.

“We focus on attacking drills quite a lot throughout the week so we can put it into practice during games, and it definitely paid off – we scored two or three goals from the moves we had worked on and created even more chances.

“But our final passing wasn’t as spot-on as we’d have liked, so that is definitely something we will work on going into the next game.”

King also talked through his three goals as he described his overall satisfaction with the contest.

“My first goal was kind of sloppy. I think Ilya wanted to fake the ‘keeper and shoot with his left, but it continued rolling, came to me and I tapped it in.

“The second was a very good one – I’m actually really proud of it! The ball was played through to me and I faked two guys; as they were sliding through I had an open goal so I just had to hit it in.

“My third was a result of our fly play. I exchanged passes, got it back in a good position and fired in a shot.

“There were plenty of positives to take, one hundred per cent. The score says it all, right? Scoring eight goals and playing the way we did is all you can ask for.

“I’m happy with my goals, happy with the performance of the team and happy with the result."

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