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Sergi Saldana: We have to reduce our mistakes

by Nathan Linley

Manchester return to action for the second consecutive weekend as they face Kent United at the University of Wolverhampton on Sunday.

The Blues' winning streak came to an end after they were defeated 3-2 by a resilient Loughborough side at the National Cycling Centre last weekend. England international Jordan Edge and Raducio King got the ball rolling for the hosts but they were unable to take three points from the encounter. Furthermore, the result left them fifth in the National Futsal Series table. 

Kent United have had a difficult time during their maiden year in futsal's top flight, and are yet to pick up any points after eight games during the current campaign.

Head coach Sergi Saldana spoke to about his reflection on the Loughborough affair and what his side needs to do to get back to winning ways.

"Against Loughborough, we didn't have luck", he said. "We sent the ball to the post 3 times and they did some transitions that killed us. 

"We have to be more clinical and shoot more. But more importantly, we need more intensity with and without the ball. Sometimes we keep the ball for a long time but without producing clear chances due to this lack of movement off the ball.

"Against Kent, we expect to play against another team that won't press us and we will have the ball most of the time. So we have to change what happened in the last game and play more intense, finalise all of the actions when we are close to the goal and move the ball faster.

"If we are able to change/improve these kinds of problems, we will get a good result for sure. A lot of times, in futsal, the team who wins a game is the one who does fewer mistakes so we have to reduce our mistakes, be patient and try to play smarter, knowing what to do in each scenario." 

The Blues will face Kent as part of matchday nine at the Walsall Campus, University of Wolverhampton. Kick-off at 5 pm.