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Loughborough vs Manchester - Super League Match Preview

by Nathan Linley

Manchester are straight back into Super League on Sunday as they make the trip to the East Midlands to face Loughborough.

The two sides will meet at the Sir David Wallace Sports Hall after the Blues started their Super League campaign in the worst possible way with an 11-1 defeat to London Helvecia last Sunday.

Skipper Sam Richardson got the only goal of the game for Manchester as his side were heavily beaten at the National Cycling Centre in front of a packed crowd, his efforts were not enough to prevent a nightmare of a second half that they will want to put behind them quickly.

Their opponents Loughborough will head into Sunday’s encounter after a narrow defeat to Birmingham in their opening game of the season away from home and will also be hungry to turn their fortunes around.

Manchester’s Head Coach Sergi Saldana told ManchesterFutsal.com that his side know what to do to produce games, and eradicating the basic mistakes is the key.

“We spoke about what happened against Helvecia and we saw some basic mistakes, especially in defence. If we compete the whole game like we did in the first half, that means that we know how to do it. In the end, everything depends on our heads. We have to try to be more compact in defence and keep the ball for longer periods, and not just trying to score goals quickly.

Saldana also spoke about giving young players a chance in his side, and the prospect of utilising the development team for first team action this season.

“We are going to use young players if we need them, our squad is short at this present time, so we will need them. For this reason, a lot of players have started to train with the first team sometimes and for the same reason, the development team are doing the same kind of training that the first team do. So yes, they can help the first team out if necessary.”

Manchester will take to the court for their second game of the season away at Loughborough on Sunday, kick off is scheduled for 12:30pm.