FOOTBALL: THEY wanted it more than us.
That’s the message from Solihull Moors boss Mark Yates after he watched his side to a 2-0 defeat at Spennymoor Town on Saturday, consequently exiting the FA Trophy.
Goals either side of half-time were enough to win the game for the hosts as Yates admitted his side were granted a ‘wake-up call’.
Yates said: “At Barrow somebody came in the office and said ‘your boys wanted it more than ours’.
“That’s what sums up today (Saturday).
“They (Spennymoor) wanted it more than us. And we didn’t do what we’ve been doing of late.
“For the supporters that travelled up, I can only apologise – it was disappointing for them.
“I’m almost glad it’s happened today and not on Saturday. It might be a little wake-up call.
“I’ve praised the boys before and I’ve praised them for all the games we’ve been in charge of for their attitude and application.
“But we got outworked.
“We got outfought, we got outran, we got out tackled. It was a battle against their team and we lost the battle today in every sense.”
Yates was desperate to see The Moors progress into the next round, but had no complaints at the final score line.
The manager believed Spennymoor fully deserved their victory.
“Sometimes you have to hold your hands up,” said Yates.
“We didn’t play the conditions well, we were trying ‘tippy tappy’ football on a pitch that’s not suited for that.
“They mixed it up really well and caused us problems.
“The league is the important one. But that said, today was the important one as well. We wanted to get through, we were desperate to get through, keep our run going and put in another good performance.”