By Paddy Finnemore
Derby Futsal will be hoping to get back to winning ways against Leicester in this week’s National Futsal Series matchup.
The 6-4 defeat for The Rams confined Derby to a third successive defeat and the promotion hunt looks like an uphill battle. York is four points ahead with three games remaining.
Leicester comes into this match off an impressive 9-5 victory over Nottingham and will be full of confidence. This will be a tough test for Derby.
Despite the poor run of form, Derby still is a huge threat going forward. Joe Illston is the top scorer for the club with nine goals in six games. Vytas Jelinskas is a goal behind with eight from three games and captain Pawel Tomczak has eight from seven respectively. Leicester has a dangerman that The Rams will have to keep a keen eye on. Thomas Barbano has scored 10 goals in only four appearances for The Foxes.
Gareth Keeling is one of the leaders in the dressing room, he hasn’t been happy with the recent form, “we have struggled the last three games. Injuries have disrupted our flow but ultimately, we have not wanted it enough compared to other teams. It has shown in games we have gone hiding and it is simply not good enough if you want to win promotion.”
To end the three defeats in a row Derby needs a reaction and Keeling agrees, “we need a huge reaction. We need to be disciplined and get back to the basics. Recent games have shown us how good we must be to win games.”
“We know what we are capable of, training has been good, so it is time to put it back out onto the court.”
Looking forward to Sunday’s game versus Leicester. The number 90 knows the opposition will be tough to beat, “Leicester have picked up some great results since we last played. We can’t expect the same game. They are going to be in our faces and want to beat us even more because of our recent form.”
“We need to be ruthless. We haven’t taken nearly enough chances recently so it is important we put that right and it should see us through.”
This game is huge for The Rams. They need to get out of the poor form and finish this season on a positive note, with Leicester coming off a good result they will be no pushover. All will be decided at the University of York for a 12:30 kick-off.