By Paddy Finnemore
This weekend will see the biggest game in Derby Futsal’s season as they face York in a must-win game to keep their promotion bid alive.
Derby is currently a single point behind York in the table. A win will see them go above them and be the favourites to play in tier one and in front of the BT Sports cameras.
The two sides have met before this season, York ran out 7-5 victors on a poor day for The Rams.
Both teams are coming into this looking to bounce back after defeat. York suffered a 5-4 defeat to Loughborough and Derby lost 5-4 to Liverpool.
Derby will have to keep an eye on York’s main man, Thiago Braga, currently the top scorer in the league with 19 goals in only seven games. Derby has some firepower as well, Joe Illston is Derby’s top goalscorer with nine goals in five games.
Matt Hardy reveals what he has thought of the poor run of form, “I don’t think we have been at the races; it actually goes back to the last three of four games we’ve not quite been at our best, we need to pick it up, we need to pick it up quickly.”
Hardy then talks about how this result could affect Derby Futsal in a big way, “it is winner takes all, for us this is really the decider. It’s huge because NFS one, the chance on being on TV, what that means for sponsorships, interests everything else it brings is massive.”
With Derby looking for revenge on York, Hardy says what needs to be different from that match, “it is all about making sure we deal with pressure situations better, it has been an achilles heal for us for years and years.”
“The message we send out to the players is that they’ve got to go out and earn it. You’ve got to go out and show that you want this is because if we don’t show that then ultimately, we will fail.”
In Futsal, the match can change within seconds and Hardy gives his thoughts on what will be the deciding factor between the two sides, “as stupid as it sounds it is going to be who finishes their chances better, I think both teams are really good going forward, both are strong sides, both teams have goal scorers and threats. For us, it is going to be about taking our chances and limiting theirs.”
“Hopefully it will be a good end to what has been a really tough period for us.”