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.