ASSISTANT manager Tim Flowers hailed the ‘wonderful effort’ put in by Solihull Moors as they recorded successive victories with a 1-0 home win against Maidstone United on Tuesday.
The result stretches Moors’ unbeaten National League run to seven games and Flowers was full of praise for a makeshift defence that made it five clean sheets on the bounce.
The run of form which has seen Moors climb out the relegation zone – where they have spent most of their time this season – up to 18th place.
“I thought that it was another wonderful performance,” said Flowers.
“Fiacre Kelleher and Tyrone Williams were also magnificent at the heart of the defence. I don’t think they lost a header all evening.
“If you’re going to base a team that’s going to do anything, it’ll be based from the back.
“That’s been, touch wood, very tight. The clean sheet record is there for everyone to look at.
“It’s not like our goalkeeper is getting peppered left, right and centre. The people in front of him are doing a fantastic job and when we’ve needed Max (O’Leary) at places like Halifax, he’s come up with big saves for us.”
Following Saturday’s last-gasp 1-0 win at Hartlepool United, Flowers believed it was imperative Moors backed it up with three points at the Automated Technology Group Stadium.
“It was such a big game for us coming off the back of an away win,” he said.
“We needed to cement that with three points at home.
“I have to say, I thought that we thoroughly deserved the win and we probably should’ve scored a few more. How often have we said that?
“We’ve been put in a position where the players since mid-November when we came in have been behind the eight ball.
“Every game has been high pressure because we’ve needed to win.
“Week after week after week, they come up with the goods.
“All credit has to go to them because they’re the fellas that have to run over the white line and try to implement what we’re asking them to do. It’s not easy.
“If we could just get our noses over the line this season, hopefully next season we could be a threat.
“We’ve got to get there first.”
With just four games remaining for Moors to retain their National League status, Flowers wants the team to keep focused ahead of welcoming Guiseley to the ATG Stadium on tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon.
“Everybody says about 50 points but it might be more than that,” he added.
“People are scrapping for their lives and this is funny season now when people pick up results that you might not expect.
“We’ve got to make sure we do our work and do it properly.
“We’ve got a massive game here on Saturday against Guiseley who are a big, physical team like ourselves.
“We’ve got to make sure we’re right on our game if we’re going to get anything and we’ll prepare from now to make sure we are ready.”