Liam McDonald has been leading the plaudits when it comes to the return of Liam Daly.
Having seen a couple of defensive lapses cost us against Tranmere Rovers on Monday, not to mention on other occasions this season, the giant defender’s return has given everybody a real boost.
Daly’s last game in a Solihull Moors jersey was against Saturday’s opponents Aldershot Town during a 2-0 defeat at home. As McDonald has eluded to, they were simply superb that day as Moors continued to fall towards the trapdoor.
The expectations have not changed for either side but whereas Aldershot have kept the majority of their squad together, McDonald has overseen an overhaul that has now seen 18 new signings made, including Daly’s return.
Looking back, it’s fair to say that pre-season was not the most testing, the players struggling to get to grips with the pace of things as the season began. Since the turnaround against Barrow, the squad have looked stronger as a unit with McDonald’s job now to fine tune the talents at his disposal.
With Daly returning and Simeon Maye available once more, he has the spine of his squad fit and ready.
Liam McDonald on his disappointment at Monday’s defeat and moving forward:
‘Our lads were exhausted after Saturday`s win at Torquay – you could see it in the latter stages of the game, in the changing room afterwards and on the coach going home. BUT this is what we have to expect after every game in the National League and once they take to the pitch the players must respond regardless because this is the level where we are at. It is tough but I expect my players to go for it every time. They must expect to feel like they did after Torquay every time
I do not like to see opposing teams out work us and that is what Tranmere did. We did not create enough and there were defensive lapses. Again there is no need to panic – we just need to continue to add points to the table through September which like all months is going to be a hard one. There are some massive games for us, no more so than Chester at the ATG Stadium next Tuesday.’
Aldershot Town Team News:
Aldershot Town could give debuts to Adam McDonnell and George Fowler after the duo signed on one-month loans from Ipswich Town. Kodi Lyons-Foster is suspended having been red carded on his debut on Monday.
Player to watch: Bobby-Joe Taylor
I’ve seen Bobby-Joe Taylor play at the ATG twice and he shone twice in both rain-soaked conditions and glorious summer sunshine. A technically-gifted winger who has immediately become a regular in the Aldershot Town starting XI.
Solihull Moors Team News:
Liam McDonald could reinstate Liam Daly at the heart of his defence for the trip to Aldershot Town. Simeon Maye is fit and available again while Oladapo Afolayan, Tahvon Campbell and Paul Green will hope to return to the starting XI. Christopher Lait is back in training, Luke Benbow and Jermaine Hylton remain a couple of weeks away, Ashley Sammons and Calum Flanagan are still out.
Player to watch: Simeon Maye
Liam McDonald has been attempting to plug a gap in his side all season. He has tried two and tried three, he has tried little and tried large, he has even tried playing a wider player in the middle. However, the return of one man may give the side the balance McDonald has been craving. That’s right, Simeon Maye is fit and raring to go!
Match Facts & Stats
Aldershot Town – 5th
Overall: Played 7; Won 3, Drawn 2, Lost 2; For 14, Against 7, GD +7; Points 11
Most starts: Alexander, Cole, Oyeleke, Reynolds, Rowe and Taylor – 7
Most goals: Shamir Fenelon and Matt McClure – 3
Worst discipline: Kodi Lyons-Foster – 1 red card
SOLIHULL MOORS – 23rd
Overall: Played 6; Won 1, Drawn 1, Lost 4; For 7, Against 14, GD – 7; Points 4
Most starts: Carline, Carter, Kelleher, Liburd and Murombedzi – 6
Most goals: Oladapo Afolayan – 2
Worst discipline: Tristan Dunkley – 3 yellow cards
Referee: Daniel Middleton
National League matches officiated 17/18 4
Yellow cards produced: 12
Red cards produced: 0
Penalties given: 2
Last time in charge of Solihull Moors
Assistant referees: Paul Saunders and Nick Dunn
Fourth official: Ryan Head
Aldershot Town 1-1 SOLIHULL MOORS
Solihull Moors next six fixtures:
05/09/2017 – Chester (H) – 19:45
09/09/2017 – Macclesfield Town (H) – 15:00
12/09/2017 – Woking (A) – 19:45
16/09/2017 – Bromley (A) – 15:00
23/09/2017 – Dagenham and Redbridge (H) – 15:00
30/09/2017 – Dover Athletic (A) – 15:00