Solihull Moors assistant manager Neil Howarth was on post-match media duty following Monday’s 4-0 victory over Altrincham.

With two games in three days over the Bank Holiday weekend, Howarth was pleased with the way the team conducted themselves.

He said: “We knew it was going to be difficult. Altrincham, on their day, can pick up some really good results and their away form has been better than their home form.

“We came into it on the back of a tough game on Saturday and they were coming thick and fast, so physically and mentally we had to prepare right. It was very pleasing to get a good win.

“It looks a comfortable win but every credit to Altrincham, they had their moments.”

A slight tweak in system at half-time saw James Ball play as a central defender following Ben Usher-Shipway’s withdrawal due to injury.

Howarth was quick to praise Ball for adapting to the role and looking comfortable, despite it not being his natural position.

“We brought Ben (Usher-Shipway) back into the game after being rested at the weekend and it was disappointing for him to have to come off.

“We had to tweak things and James (Ball) has played there a lot in his early career at Bolton Wanderers when I used to watch him. It’s something that he’s not done for a while, but he’s shown he can do in the past and it’s a different mindset.

“You have to think like a defender sometimes. As much as he’s good on the ball, you’ve still got to put your foot through it, head it at times and make sure you’re switched on defensively.

“I thought he looked so comfortable there in the second half I must admit.”

You can watch the full post-match interview on our YouTube channel HERE