Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Steutel's Men Turn on the Magic to Claim Win

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Steutel's Men Turn on the Magic to Claim Win

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TEAM Northumbria take their 3-3 league record into Saturday's home top-flight clash against Worthing Thunder (6.00) determined to consolidate a top four place.

Marc Steutel's men defeated second-placed Manchester Magic in a thrilling Sport Central clash.

However, the TN playcaller is still tinkering with a team in transition after admitting the 78-76 win was far from perfect.

Steutel said: "It is weird - the previous week our performance was better but you kind of measure the performance against the result.

"Against Manchester the result was better and we showed more character.

"However, I never thought we were in control of the fixture until the last two minutes when we made big plays and went ahead.

"I was really happy to get over the line and really happy with the character throughout - but I think we need to play better.

"The performance is what we need to be consistent with so that is how we apply ourselves.

"Our defensive focus and intensity - that needs to be better. …

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