‘We showed Solihull too much respect,’ admits Gainsborough boss Steve Housham

Gainsborough Trinity FC v Solihull Moors, pictured is manager Steve Housham
Gainsborough Trinity FC v Solihull Moors, pictured is manager Steve Housham

Gainsborough boss Steve Housham admitted that his side showed Solihull ‘too much respect’ as the league leaders romped to victory at the Martin and Co Arena.

Three goals in each half sealed the win for the Moors as Housham admitted that his side had been done over by the team four points clear at the summit of the National League North.

Admittedly, he thought the first goal had a major impact on his teams performance.

He said: “The first 15 minutes I thought we were doing OK and then the goal goes in and our heads did drop, dramatically, and it could have been a lot more, even in the first half. We had to ask for the ball in the first half so we could have a touch. We didn’t work hard enough and there was no determination from any players out there today.

“Second half we showed a bit of spirit, a bit of fight, but there was not enough out there today. You could analyse all six goals and probably all of them were preventable. They were just basic goals that we gifted them and all I’m disappointed with is the work rate, especially the first half. We showed them too much respect today and we have really been done.”

One player he did single out for praise was goal scorer Liam Davis who found the net with a bicycle kick.

He said: “Even with a victory I don’t like to single out players but in defeat I would say that Liam Davis did very well today. He scored the only goal, got man of the match for us and deservedly so as he worked his socks off.”

Housham believes his side need to get over the result quickly.

He said: “Know we have got to move on. It’s not nice to lose like this anywhere but especially at home.”

“These sort of things hurt you and it will hurt all the players, when we go there we have to bounce back from it.

“From defending solidly for the last two or three weeks to being open up like that. We got done by a lot of set pieces again today and they were all preventable goals. With the slippery conditions like there was today, if you put the balls into the box early enough, it’s a defenders worst nightmare and that’s what it proved to be.”