Solihull Moors manager Tim Flowers highlights his side have to a be a lot better when they visit Leyton Orient tomorrow. The Moors grabbed their fifth win of the season at Barrow on Saturday but Flowers felt Barrow deserved something from the contest. Speaking to solihullmoorsfc.co.uk ahead of Orient “it’s a really tough game. Justin’s got Orient going. It’s a tough place to go – we have got to be a lot sharper than Saturday”.
Luke Maxwell and Adi Yussuf netted in the last ten minutes to put Solihull on route to victory before Tyler Smith made it a nervy injury time period. John Rooney blazed an injury time penalty over to send The Moors back south with all three points. Flowers felt his side were not right defensively but credited his side’s desire. Speaking to solihullmoorsfc.co.uk “what we did do was show a willingness to work hard and keep going. Against the run of play we got out noses in front”.
Defender Jamie Reckford admitted that his side were way off of their best at Barrow but felt it was important to stay in the game. Despite being under pressure for large parts Reckford stated to solihullmoorsfc.co.uk “we thought if we play 10% better than we can, we may get a result and luckily we scored two and I think we deserved it. Coming up here and getting a result is massive and we go onto Tuesday and hope to get a result at Orient”.
- Scored in every league match this season
- Scored in their last 14 league games
- Scored in their last seven away and eight of their last nine games
Despite scoring two late goals at Barrow, Solihull nearly left with just a point. Flowers was disappointed with his sides game management at the death and illustrates it must improve. Speaking to solihullmoorsfc.co.uk “we scored two terrific goals and could have thrown it all away in the space of two or three minutes. When you’re 2-0 up and there are just five or six minutes left, you have got to see the game through and keep a clean sheet”.
- Three clean sheets all season – all three at home
- One clean sheet in their last five (1-0 vs Wrexham, 27/08/2018)
- No Clean sheet in last six away games
- 80% of league goals have been conceded away – 8/10
Flowers was appointed as Mark Yates’s assistant in November and helped Solihull survive last season with a brilliant run of form. With Yates moving to Macclesfield in the summer, Flowers was appointed manager in June and has continued his sides form into this season with the Moors sitting 6th. Speaking to solihullmoorsfc.co.uk “the win puts us onto 16 points after eight games, it’s a fantastic return. My thought process is to get to 50 points as quick as we can. It’s a really tough league and let’s not be hanging around like we were last season”.
The Moors sit just one point off the top with the tightness of the National League clear to see with just one point separating six sides. Flowers is pleased with the start but is always looking ahead, “I need more but I’m absolutely delighted with the start – I won’t hide that. We need to iron out one or two things, especially away from home”
Flowers revealed to solihullmoorsfc.co.uk “we’ll be in Monday and have a good session, a bright session. There’ll be some football early doors, then we’ll go into some tactical work reflecting on what we’ve seen on the tapes”.
Jamey Osbourne could be a doubt after being substituted in Saturday’s win over Barrow. Striker Adi Yussuf has been involved in four goals in the last four games and will look to contribute on Tuesday.
Head to Head
Last Time Out – 2-1 vs Barrow