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McDonald reacts to Tranmere defeat
*'This is Where People have got to stand up and be counted.' - by Luke Turner*

Solihull Moors manager Liam McDonald has insisted that the club must move on from yesterday’s devastating 9-0 thrashing at Tranmere and look ahead to the four ‘massive’ games coming up. 

Moors are currently on a run of five straight defeats and, although yesterday’s loss is still very fresh in the mind, McDonald has set his sights on reacting in the next game. 
He said: “It’s not happened to me before and I’m sure it’s not happened to some of the players. Things happen in football sometimes and we have to move on from it. 
“It’s a tough one to stomach but we’ve got four massive games coming up. They’re the priority now. 

“We had strong words at half-time and strong words at the end of the game. The players and I apologise to the supporters.  We’re in a difficult place at the moment mentally and we have to shake ourselves out of it. This is the same group of players who have picked up some very good results but we’re going through a bad patch.”

“It’s now trying to make sure we can come out of it. We’ve got a massive game on Friday and that’s what we’re looking towards.” 

The gap between Moors and the relegation zone now stands at just three points but McDonald has every faith that his players can turn things around and get out of this poor run of form.

“Earlier on in the season we hit bad form where we didn’t win for a similar amount of games so it happens in football.  “I’ve still got belief in the players and it’s easy to criticise them and me at the minute. You take the rough with the smooth. 

“It’s now about refocusing them and trying to get something extra out of them. It is a lack of confidence and sometimes it’s not as simple to regain that. “The best clubs in the world go through bad spells. It happens in football but it’s how you react from it,” McDonald continued. 

York City are the visitors to The Automated Technology Group Stadium on Good Friday and they sit just one place and three points below Moors, only out of the relegation zone on goal difference.

As difficult as yesterday’s defeat is to stomach, the club must look forward and McDonald is looking for his players to stand together as one as we enter the remaining weeks of the season. He said:


 “It was hard to take and as a football club we’re all low after Saturday's result. I’m sick and tired of apologising because we need it to stop and we look forward to Friday now. 
“I will pick the players up because I do believe in them. I want them to go out, perform and do well. 

“On our day we know what we can produce but we need a performance from the next four games now. This is where people have got to stand up and be counted.

“We’ve all got to make sure on Friday that we are better and that’s what we’ll be looking to do"

The club can also confirm that the first-team squad will cover the cost of official supporters' travel for the Easter Monday trip to Macclesfield Town.

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