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Tim Flowers reacts to Maidstone victory
*'The whole squad have stood up manfully' - by Luke Turner*
PUBLISHED: 10th Apr 18

Assistant Manager Tim Flowers hailed the ‘wonderful effort’ put in by Solihull Moors as they recorded back-to-back victories with a 1-0 success against Maidstone United.

The result stretches Moors’ unbeaten run to seven games and Flowers was full of praise for a make-shift defence that made it five clean sheets on the bounce.

He said: “I thought that it was another wonderful performance. We had Liam (Daly) sent off on Saturday at Hartlepool and then Jamie (Reckord) picked up an injury during the game at Hartlepool as well. He played on with it but couldn’t make tonight.

“I thought that Carline and Green coming in who hadn’t had a lot of pitch time were absolutely magnificent.

“Fiacre Kelleher and Tyrone Williams were also magnificent at the heart of the defence – I don’t think they lost a header all evening.

“Our midfield boys hoovered up the seconds, burst past people and caused problems going the other way. Our front three were just a massive handful and our lads looked very powerful.

“If you’re going to base a team that’s going to do anything, it’ll be based from the back. That’s been, touch wood, very tight.

“The clean sheet record is there for everyone to look at. It’s not like our goalkeeper is getting peppered left, right and centre.

“The people in front of him are doing a fantastic job and when we’ve needed Max (O’Leary) at places like Halifax, he’s come up with big saves for us.

“It’s a team effort. We start defending from the front and that triggers through the team.”

And following Saturday’s last-gasp win at Hartlepool United, Flowers felt that it was imperative that the team could back it up with three points at the Automated Technology Group Stadium.

“It was such a big game for us coming off the back of an away win,” He continued.

“We needed to cement that with three points at home.

“I have to say, I thought that we thoroughly deserved the win today and we probably should’ve scored a few more – how often have we said that?

“It is frustrating. We’ve got three top strikers and, at the minute, the bobble just isn’t going in for them.

“We got the one that counted from a set play which we are particularly strong at. We took it short, caught people on the hop a little bit, great ball in from Ozzy across the face of the goal and Ty Williams pops up.

“It was a wonderful effort. There are some tired bodies in there, so we’ve got to be well pleased with that.

“We’ve been put in a position where the players since mid-November when we came in have been behind the eight ball. Every game has been high pressure because we’ve needed to win.

“Week after week after week, they come up with the goods. They won’t give in; they keep coming back for more.

“All credit has to go to them because they’re the fellas that have to run over the white line and try to implement what we’re asking them to do – it’s not easy.

“It’s a tough, physical division. The whole squad have stood up manfully and we’ve increased in quality. At the minute, we look a real threat.

“If we could just get our noses over the line this season, hopefully next season we could be a threat in this division. We’ve got to get there first.”

With just four games remaining for Moors to retain their National League status, Flowers wants the team to keep focused ahead of welcoming Guiseley to the ATG Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

“Everybody says about 50 points but it might be more than that. People are scrapping for their lives and this is funny season now where people pick up results that you might not expect.

“We’ve got to make sure that we do our work and do it properly. We’ve got a massive game here on Saturday against Guiseley who are a big, physical team like ourselves.

“We’ve got to make sure that we’re right on our game if we’re going to get anything and we’ll prepare from now to make sure we are ready.”

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