Solihull Moors skipper Theo Streete will be expressing his views on the club throughout the season in a regular column for the Observer.
This week he reflects on last weekend’s 6-0 hammering and discusses how important it was for Moors to make a return to winning ways.
“Where to start?! Looking back I think what it came down to was that they were more ruthless than us.
“We watched the video back and it wasn’t that we didn’t play well. In the second half they had six shots on goal and scored five so I think it was a big learning curve for us.
“To win this league we know now that we have to have that sort of clinical edge about is too – they had chances and took them.
“As a defender the 6-0 defeat did dent my pride a bit because no players likes to concede that amount but we have the best defensive record in the league.
“We’ve kept 11 clean sheets so far this season which is a great achievement for the team, so for us to conceded six was a kick in the teeth but it was important we kept a clean sheet at the weekend and bounced back.
“It wasn’t a great weekend for us a club in terms of results when you look at the defeat on Monday too and that was one of those games where you have to hold your hand up and say you were beaten by a well taken goal.
“We made a lot of changes but we’ve got a great squad and it was great to see some of the other players get a run out.
“A lot of the players are match fit now and they’re all ready to come in if anyone is dropped and they’re as good as the players they replace.
“It was important that we bounced back. It was a close match in the first half but I think after the break we played some much better football.
“It was a pleasing result from a defender’s point of view because we had to concentrate right up until the final whistle with there being only one goal in it.
“It was a nerve racking final 15 minutes and we had to defend well but we held out for the win which was very important.
“Lots of teams around us dropped points which has helped improve our position and now it’s in our own hands.
“To be fair we’ve known for a while that it’s in our own hands. We’ve been at the top since the first game of the season and we’ve believed all along that we can be competitive.
“I’m expecting us to be under quite lot pressure this weekend. They’ve scored a lot of games recently and I’m expecting them to come at us because of how confident they are.
“It will be another battle but hopefully our defence holds up and the players going forward will do the job but I think it will be a close game of football.
“Lastly I’d like to thank the Moors fans for their support this season. They’ve enjoyed the run as much as us and they’ve really been behind the team with their songs.
I think they’re starting to believe that we can do something special this season and we’re really grateful for their continued support.”