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McFarland expects close encounter

Roy McFarland
McFarland spent five years as the manager of Cambridge

Ex-Cambridge and Torquay manager Roy McFarland expects Sunday's Blue Square Premier play-off final between the two teams at Wembley to be a close contest.

"There's not much to choose between them, they're very talented teams," the 61-year-old told BBC Radio Devon.

"They both have strength, they both have power and they both have the ability to play football."

McFarland helped Burton Albion pip both sides to the title before stepping down as caretaker manager.

And he thinks the team which holds their nerve better on the day could emerge victorious.

"The question mark would be how prolific both teams could be in terms of goals," he said.

"I think goals may come from set-pieces. They could be crucial in deciding who plays in the Football League next year."

Having previously managed both clubs, McFarland hopes both do themselves justice in Sunday's final.

He said: "I loved my time at both clubs. I wish them both well and let's hope for football's sake that it's a tremendous final."

The much-maligned Wembley pitch will be a focus of pre-match attention for both sides.

However, the turf has recently be re-laid and McFarland added: "I think it's a very even match and I hope the pitch is not a decider in terms of somebody making a mistake on it."

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