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Loughborough v Manchester: Chris Vernon preview

by Michael Henson

Head Coach Chris Vernon is ready for the challenges Loughborough will pose his side when the two meet on Sunday evening. 
It will be second against third when the sides clash in Loughborough and Vernon is expecting another high quality game. 
"We're ready for a challenge playing a good Loughborough side," he said. 
"The games are always full of energy as we have a long history with each other.
"I always expect high quality against any Loughborough side even if they were lower in the league.  
"This tie is full of English players, which is a great buzz."
If Manchester are to come away with a positive result today, Chris knows that his side will have to be at 100% from the first whistle to the last. 
He commented: "My team will need to ready for a test.
"This is a good side we're playing against today so if my players are prepared from the off, we will get the result we want."
"Training has been about familiarisation recently. We're still find the balance between what works and what doesn't right now. 
Vernon continued: "The team is coming together nicely now, which is pleasing as I have changed a lot since the end of last season."
Manchester were last in action two weeks ago when they beat Cambridge United and the Head Coach was well prepared for the break.
"I'm afraid this is a part of the English National League so I have experience in these breaks. 
"The sooner we fix it, the sooner we can give the people and players what they want in a consistent Futsal season."
Another break in the fixtures will follow this evening's game and Vernon feels disappointed with the lack of momentum in a season. 
"The breaks disappoint me massively," he said. 
"There is nothing more than I want than a game every week that will pose new challenges for myself and my players." 
One positive bit of news from the previous week is that youngster Jordan Edge was called up to the England senior squad for the upcoming Home Nations tournament. 
The 18-year old has progressed through the Academy at the Club and now is a regular fixture in the first team, a fact that pleases the Head Coach. 
Vernon remarked: "Edgy is a great player who deserves his call up.
"He has a bright future ahead of him in Futsal but he's got a long way to go in his development to be the player he wants to be.
"The greatest thing about our number nine is he knows about the works he's got to do and keeps working towards it."
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