18th Dec, 2018

Solihull Moors going for cup glory

Craig Gibbons 29th Nov, 2018

FA CUP fever grips the town tomorrow (Friday) night as Solihull Moors welcome League One outfit Blackpool to the ATG Stadium.

The second round clash is being shown live on BBC Two (7.55pm KO) and boss Tim Flowers says his players are relishing the challenge of taking on a team who are 46 places above Moors in the football pyramid.

“For our lads, it’s why they’re in the game,” he said.

“This (the ATG Stadium) isn’t a particularly hospitable place for teams to come in terms of on the field of play.

“Off the field, it’s a fantastic place to come and watch football.

“We want to make it as difficult as we can for Blackpool so we’ll be giving it a real go.

“They’re a fantastic League One team, up there near the play-offs and it will be a good crowd.

“All things being equal they should beat us for sure.

“Sometimes that doesn’t materialise and we’ll be doing our best to try and cause a surprise.

“If we do win it, it will be a big surprise.”

In-form Moors go into the cup clash on the back of Saturday’s 0-0 home draw with National League title hopefuls Salford City.

Flowers was delighted with the performance against big-spending Salford, who he claimed can carve anybody open at the drop of a hat.

“We all know about Salford in terms of the quality they possess and you can see the way they move with the ball and the confidence,” he added.

“We set out to press the ball slightly deeper, allow them to have the ball in deep areas and we created one or two chances.

“Second half we were terrific. We had a goal – was it a foul or wasn’t it? If it’s a foul, don’t give the goal in the first place.

“Then Jermaine (Hylton) cuts inside and hits the post. We were hanging on a little bit at the end.

“Booty’s (Ryan Boot) made a couple of tidy saves, there were some last-gasp blocks and bodies on the line. I thought we were magnificent.”

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