FOOTBALL: SOLIHULL Moors need to ‘toughen up’ if they are to climb the league table – and revealed he’s looking at bringing in ‘one or two’ players to help the cause.
That’s according to new manager Richard Money, who took charge of his first game with the Moors on Saturday – a 2-1 home loss to Hartlepool.
The former Liverpool defender signed up to Moors’ relegation challenge last week following the departure of Liam McDonald.
And after seeing his squad in action for 90 minutes for the first time, the 61-year-old revealed he ‘felt sorry’ for the squad following another late winner for the opposition.
He said: “It’s my first experience and you cannot feel anything but sorry for the boys – they’ve given everything they’ve got.
“It was a bit scrappy but we need to battle, scrap, and play when we can.
“Two really poor errors cost us the game and really Hartlepool had nothing else.
“This was always going to be a tough start.
“They are team that’s come down from the Football League and they are expected to be in the top seven or better.”
Money admitted his side can’t be feeling sorry for themselves for too long though. He also added there’s a lack of confidence in front of goal.
“I’ve seen enough today to suggest that if we can get them a bit of help in key areas on the pitch then we can grind out results,” said Money.
“We have got young players learning their trade and they need a bit of help, and that’s what we are going to try to do.
“There are young players who are mainly on loan from academies who have come to learn, but we really haven’t got time for them to learn.
“We are in a position where we need results pretty quick.”
Money said the priority is getting points on the board, and he is looking to instil a new toughness to the Moors to achieve that.
He said: “There’s only one way to get confidence – win games.
“I’m going to do my best to try and get us out of trouble.
“We are not going to get out of it by the way that we play, we are going to get out of it by how hard and tough we battle and scrap, and then we will start to play.
“It’s a big challenge, a big task.
“I look around where we are and there’s potential to build here and there’s certainly some ambition to do that, but at the minute results are the only thing I can focus on.
“Added to that, I’m trying to bring in one or two who can help us do that.”