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Interview: Fiacre Kelleher on developing at The Moors
*'The more you get praised, the more your confidence grows'*
PUBLISHED: 3rd Feb 18

Solihull Moors defender Fiacre Kelleher says that there is a ‘confidence and belief’ around the squad that they can go into any game without fear, following a run of four wins out of their last five in the Vanarama National League.

The on loan 21-year-old has become an integral part of the team as the season has progressed and believes that being more solid at the back has been key in the upturn in form.

He said: “Since the gaffer’s come in we’ve really worked on our shape a lot and just getting a solid base to start from. I think before he came in, we were just conceding too many goals and he’s really stopped that now.

“We’ve kind of gone on a run now where we’re conceding maybe one goal or zero, so we always knew that if we kept it at one goal then we’ve got the players up top who will score goals.

“That’s been key, just keeping teams out.”

Kelleher recently extended his loan from Oxford United and will now remain at The Automated Technology Group Stadium for the rest of the season.

After an initial bedding in period, the central defender is enjoying life at The Moors under the guidance of Mark Yates and alongside defensive partner Liam Daly.

“I’m loving it. It’s been easy to play with Dales, he talks to me through the game and I can go and express myself.

“It helps when you’re winning every week and you start to enjoy it more, get a bit more confidence and start playing better each week.

“I think it does come down to just getting a solid run of games and then the more you get praised, the more your confidence grows. That’s all I kind of needed really and I’ve kicked on since the gaffer’s came in.

“He’s been praising me a lot and he’s tough on me at times as well which helps. Since he’s came in, I’ve started to flourish a bit so it’s been good.”

And the former Celtic man admits that he’s learnt a lot during his spell so far in the English fifth tier and is keen to continue pushing the side forward.

“It’s been really hard. Since I’ve come in, it’s been a really good learning experience. Even at the start when we weren’t doing so well, I was taking a lot from games and learning a lot,” He continued.

“Now I think I’m starting to reap the benefits of it really. You can only learn so much and then you have to start really performing, so it’s been really good for me.

“I just want to try and help the team out as much as I can. Help the team finish as high as possible and whatever comes at the end of it, I’ll just take.

“For me it’s just about the team really and helping them to do well and do my part.”

Since Yates and Tim Flowers arrived at the club in November, the team has conceded just eight goals in 12 league matches.

Kelleher explained just exactly what has been worked on in training to improve their early season defensive woes:

“Just working on shape and working as a team, pressing from the front. Jamma (Jermaine Hylton) and even Adi (Yussuf) at the weekend in his first game, they work really hard and that just helps us out.

“We’re forcing teams to go longer which is playing to mine and Dales’ strengths because we can just go and head it.

“We’ve been working better as a unit, so it’s been going better.”

The Moors have now put some severe pressure on those above to pick up points, as Yates’ men continue their bid to climb up the league – Kelleher explains how the team now have ‘nothing to fear’ heading into the final few months of the campaign.

“Especially the last few games, we kind of feel like there’s nothing to fear in the league anymore. We’re going into every game knowing that we can definitely win and I think we have that bit of confidence and belief now in ourselves and that’s all we needed really.

“I feel like we’re definitely going to kick on now.”

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