04:10PM, Monday 28 October 2019
Maidenhead United vs Solihull Moors.York Road, Maidenhead
Ex-England internationals Alan Devonshire and Tim Flowers gave contrasting post match interviews after the Magpies edged Saturday's encounter at York Road.
Devonshire has complained about not really getting the rub of the green on home soil but, a year on from Solihull Moors bagging the points thanks to a late goal at York Road, this time it was the former West Ham man celebrating at the final whistle.
Flowers can rightly point to the fact that his side should have taken advantage of some early chances in this clash, but whether they would have 'buried' the Magpies had they done so is open to question.
The Magpies slowly warmed to their task, taking control of an absorbing clash in the second half before winning it through Remy Clerima's 92nd minute strike.
It was a win borne out of perseverance, diligence and character, with the defensive strength of Joe Ellul and Alan Massey epitomising another hard-working team display.
Victory lifted the Magpies eight points clear of the relegation zone heading into Tuesday's (October 29) game against AFC Fylde, also at York Road.
“They got a late goal here last year, and we’ve done it to them this year," said Devonshire.
"I think there were still a few (players) who didn’t play as well as I know they can. But, listen, I can’t knock the character and work rate of the boys.
"We’ve had a tough week. We’ve had the Tuesday at Wealdstone, where we got a great result. We’ve got another great result today and that’s two clean sheets on the bounce.
“I thought that we bossed it. We were a bit shaky for the first 15/20 minutes but after that I thought we were the better side. I think we got our just rewards so I’m delighted for them.
“We’re in a lot better place than we were at this stage last year, and hopefully we can build on that. I’ve still got players to come in when they’re fit and I’ll have a headache then, but a lovely headache.”
Moors’ boss Flowers added: “If you can’t see a game out when you’ve done 93 minutes hard yards, on a wet day, on a pudding of a pitch. If you can’t see that out. The initial header is about 10 yards outside the area, and then there are about four of them unmarked in the area. Call me old fashioned, but any fear of picking up on the second phase.
"Listen, we’ve prided ourselves on this, but that’s two set plays that have done us in two games. And we’ve tossed two valuable points away. And, if we’d held on in those games we’d be about eight or nine games unbeaten. But that’s by the by, it’s all ifs and buts.
“But listen, I’m gutted, I’m gutted. We played quite well going forward until we got in and around the box, and then we were absolutely shocking. I thought our quality, decision making, the final ball was so poor. We had gilt edged chances. First 10 minutes we should have been two-zip. Talk about comfortable finishes, but you’ve got to bury people.”
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