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Flowers eyes another three points

By Luke Turner

The Solihull Moors manager wants to make it back-to-back victories...

Tim Flowers commended the way his side bounced back once again as they turned in a winning performance against Gateshead on Tuesday evening.

The result lifted the Moors back into second place following Wrexham’s slip-up and the ability to clear defeats out of the mind is something that has impressed Flowers.

He said: “We’ve made a habit of not lingering on defeats or poor performances. We’ve always bounced back.

“Gateshead was going to be a particularly hard game to try and bounce back from. Their away record’s excellent and they carry a real threat on the road.

“We had to make sure we were ready for that on an evening which was difficult in terms of the conditions.

“I thought we acquitted ourselves well – we created chances and it could’ve been a bigger score line, but for some excellent goalkeeping from Aynsley Pears.

“I’d have taken 1-0 before and it’s another set play – a great delivery and great header from Blissett. We buried the Salford game and moved on, so that’s wonderful.”

Braintee Town are the visitors to the ATG Stadium tomorrow afternoon and, despite them sitting rock bottom of the division, they head into the clash full of confidence after a 3-0 demolition of play-off chasing Sutton United.

“We look forward to welcoming Braintree on Saturday,” Flowers continued.

“Fortunately, we’ve made a habit of winning far more than we’re losing which is a good way to go.

“If we can go back-to-back and cement our performance on Tuesday night with another one on Saturday, that’ll be wonderful. Braintree will have something to say about that.

“It’s about what we do as far as I’m concerned. We respect Braintree, we’ve analysed them and looked at them.

“It’s a game that we need to win, so we need to be on the front foot quickly and play to our strengths.”

With nine games of the season still to go, the Moors boss has emphasised that each player in the squad will have their part to play in the run-in.

“Terry Hawkridge was ill on Tuesday night so wasn’t available for selection – he’ll come back into the fold and be available for selection.

“The players have made a habit of coming off the bench and making an impact. We’ve got quite a good blend of options – I look at five faces who are all ready to go on.

“They’ve been terrific and we’re going to need the whole squad between now and the end of the season.

“There’s still plenty of football to go, lots of points to play for and we need to make sure that we put our foot down on the peddle.”

Midfielder Jamey Osborne was, once again, the subject of several heavy challenges on Tuesday and Flowers has had to keep a close eye on his fitness this week.

“I’m wasting my breath at times. Every time we take to the field of play, someone’s trying to cut him in half.

“Some of the challenges that were going in on him were scandalous and he’s getting no protection in my opinion.

“The kid’s a good player and he makes things happen. People identify that, get close to him and want to sort it out.

“He did take a hammering. He’s not going to train today (Thursday). We’ve got to wrap him in cotton wool a little bit because his legs are black and blue.

“I’m pretty hopeful that he’ll be fit to play.”

Updated 17:50 - 20 Mar 2019 by Luke Turner

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