17th Dec, 2018

Barnet result is a fair one says Flowers as Solihull Moors run cut short

Craig Gibbons 11th Oct, 2018

BOSS Tim Flowers was magnanimous in defeat as Solihull Moors’ four-game winning run was brought to an end by mid-table Barnet.

Two goals in the second half from Wesley Fonguck were enough to condemn visiting Moors to defeat on Saturday afternoon.

The result leaves Moors fifth in the National League table and Flowers knew his side didn’t deserve to come away with three points.

“Overall I’ve got no complaints – Barnet were the better side,” he said.

“We’ve been on a fantastic run and runs do come to an end. I thought we were poor, I didn’t think we played well.

“We were slow out of the traps for most of it and second best to second balls all over the pitch up until the last 15-odd minutes where we changed to a bit of a diamond.

“We didn’t influence our game on them whatsoever.

“Our set plays were poor, delivery was poor, we didn’t get enough first contacts in open play and certainly didn’t get enough second balls in open play.

“I’m disappointed as it was a chance to come and really exert ourselves and put some pressure on Barnet. We failed to do that, so it was disappointing.”

With Moors flying high in the league standings having just about avoided relegation last season, Flowers recognised expectations of Solihull had risen but stressed it was not all doom and gloom.

“We’re 15 games in and have 28 points,” he said.

“Sometimes expectations all of a sudden mean that we are disappointed but we’ve also got to realise where we are and who we are.

“We’ve had a wonderful start and the hard thing in this division is to maintain that.

“At half time, the game reminded me of last week at Havant – there was nothing in it.

“For what reason the ball didn’t drop for us or we didn’t make it happen – we weren’t on the front foot enough to go and make it happen for ourselves and that’s our own fault.

“We need to be more proactive, less reactive. In the end, two poor goals.”

He added: “There’s been a metamorphic turnaround in Solihull’s form and I think we have to accept that it can’t always happen.

“We’re not just going to rock up and magic wins all over the gaff.”

Moors will look to get back to winning ways on Saturday when they entertain Ebbsfleet, with Flowers expecting high standards from his players once more.

“We need to calm down and take perspective,” he added.

“There’s a long way to go this season and we have to maintain our standards a little bit better than we did at Barnet.

“We want to bounce back with a good performance and a good result. That’s what we’ll be working towards.”

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