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Carter: We have to match Dover's fight

By Luke Turner

The midfielder looks ahead to the National League clash...

Darren Carter is confident that the players coming into the team can fill the void left by those unavailable as Solihull Moors prepare to travel to Dover Athletic on Saturday.

Manager Tim Flowers will be once again be without the suspended Jamie Reckord and captain Kyle Storer who begins a three-match ban following his straight red card against Hartlepool United last weekend.

The Moors played out long periods of their last two fixtures with 10 men and Carter believes that results would have been different if all 11 remained on the pitch.

He said: “At Orient I thought we played very well, created a lot of chances even when we did go down to 10 men and their goalkeeper getting man of the match tells the story.

“It wasn’t to be. We probably got away with one at Barrow, so in football I’ve learnt that you’ll get your ups and downs, but you’ll get your rewards somewhere along the line.

“Against Hartlepool it was frustrating, really really frustrating. I felt that, 11 v 11, we really could take the game to them and make it a competitive game.

“At home we’re confident and we should be because of the results we’ve been producing. To lose Stozza (Kyle Storer) so early, it put us up against it. Credit to them, they used the extra man very well.”

And despite opponents Dover sitting second bottom in the division, Carter expects a tough challenge from a team that have finished at least sixth in each of their past three seasons.

“The gaffer’s said it all along that the league doesn’t really take shape until probably December time,” He continued. “As you hit the New Year, you can see who’s up there competing and who’s going to be fighting a relegation battle.

“They’ve had a couple of good results on the bounce, a couple of decent draws and they’re at home. They’ll want to get their season kick-started so we’re expecting a real bitter fight and grit from them and we’ve got to match that.

“We’re missing a couple of key players but the squad’s going to be tested and the lads coming in will definitely give it their all. Hopefully we can go down there and get a result.

“The gaffer’s done a very good job of recruiting not a massive amount of numbers, but a really good tight-knit squad and good players.

“Whoever comes in will be a very good player, know the system, know how we play and it shouldn’t really weaken us too much.

“This is a game where you have to take your opportunities and players that having been waiting in the wings can come in and shine.

“It’s a great opportunity for us on Saturday and players coming into the team.”

The Moors are yet to find a consistent rhythm away from the Automated Technology Group Stadium, but Carter is confident that both the performance and result will match together very soon.

“We’ve said it that we’ve got to match our home intensity and results at home and start doing it away from home.

“We’ve had a lot of long trips and Saturday is no different. We’ve got to find that spark that we have here at home and we will.

“We’re working really hard and we’re a real good group. There’s some really good pros in this dressing room who have been in the game long enough to know that if you keep working and keep grinding away, then the results will come on the road.

“It would be nice to kick-start that on Saturday and get ourselves back on the front foot.”

-Our vision: 'To be competitive and strong performers at all levels both on and off the pitch.'

Updated 09:40 - 20 Sep 2018 by Luke Turner

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