19th Oct, 2018

Buoyant Solihull Moors delight Flowers

SOLIHULL Moors boss Tim Flowers says he is impressed with just how hard the players are working to deliver what is asked of them.

Since taking over from Mark Yates in the summer, life at the helm of the National League club has got off to a dream start for Flowers, with his side picking up 28 points from 14 games.

Moors, who are just two point off table-topping Salford City, are high on confidence having enjoyed their fourth straight league win on Saturday – a 1-0 victory at lowly Havant & Waterlooville.

They followed that up with a 6-3 victory over Coventry United in the Birmingham Senior Cup on Tuesday night thanks to goals from Dan Sweeney, Jordan Murphy (2), Harry Flowers (2) and Rubyn Gill.

Moors will hope their winning run continues on Saturday when they return to league action with a trip to Barnet.

“The group is full of confidence,” said Flowers.

“The training we see on a daily basis is bright, vibrant, the quality is good, the technical ability is good and as a squad they’ve gelled really well.

“We’ve got some really good players in the building. Sometimes you’ve got to fight the fight to try and win the war 0 that’s what they did at Havant.

“Overall, I think we’re moving in the right direction.

“The players know what we want, they’re trying their hardest to deliver what we want and, on the whole, they’re delivering it.”

Moors looked as though they were walking away from Havant with a share of the spoils until Adi Yussuf struck deep into added time to secure all three points for Flowers’ men.

“We’re making a habit of smash and grab,” said Flowers.

“We had a lot of territory, we had them pinned back for a long time and I don’t really remember them getting the ball into us at any stage for 20-odd minutes.

“For whatever possession, territory we had and moments around the box, we didn’t make enough of them.

“Havant grew into the game and it became a much more even contest. I said to the boys that it could take 85 or 90 (minutes) to break them down or to get your chance and that’s pretty much how it panned out.”

Although far from their best, Flowers understands the importance of winning ugly.

“The pitch was dry as a bone, it was sticky and the ball wouldn’t travel on it – it wasn’t an afternoon for pretty football – but it was an afternoon about the result and fortunately we got it,” he added.

“You can’t knock four straight wins with clean sheets at any level, I don’t care.

“That’s something for the players to be proud of and something for little old Solihull Moors to be proud of as well.”

Flowers was also quick to praise the Moors fans who made the long trip to Hampshire to support their side.

“It was a really good effort. I might be wrong, but that looked like the most we’ve brought on an away trip and it’s a long old haul,” he said.

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