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Match preview: Solihull Moors

31 December 2018

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The Spireites travel to Solihull Moors on New Year's Day, kick-off 3pm. Here is our big match preview for the game….


Tickets can be bought on the day at Solihull. 

Team News

Alex Kiwomya could be in line to play after returning to training but John Pemberton says there is still a "slight problem" regarding Tom Denton.

The Opposition

The Manager – Tim Flowers

Flowers started his goalkeeping career with Wolverhampton Wanderers before seven seasons at Southampton and then six with Blackburn Rovers after joining them in a £2.4m deal which at the time made him the most expensive goalkeeper in Britain. 

He was a key member of the Rovers team that came second in the Premier League in his first season and then won the title in 1994/95. 

Flowers, who was capped 11 times by England, hung up his boots in 2003 and then turned to coaching.

He has been a goalkeeper coach at Leicester City, Manchester City, Northampton Town, Nottingham Forest and Fulham.

He has also been assistant-manager at Coventry City, Queens Park Rangers, Hull City and Kidderminster and had a spell in the top job at Stafford Rangers. 

Part of the managerial partnership which performed the “Great Escape” with Solihull Moors last season, Flowers took full charge of the team in June.

One to Watch – Adi Yussuf

The striker started his football career in the youth and reserve teams at Leicester City before signing for Burton Albion in 2012. 

He then had a spell with Lincoln City in the Conference before a season with Oxford City. 

Yussuf hit 29 goals for Oxford City which landed him a contract with Mansfield Town and a return to the Football League.

He joined Grimsby Town in January 2017 as the strike-partner to Omar Bogle and moved on to Barrow for the start of the last campaign. 

Yussuf, who played 22 times for the Bluebirds and netted six goals, joined Moors last January. He made a great start to his Solihull career, scoring twice on his debut at Dagenham. 

Born in Zanzibar, the 26-year-old was called up to the Tanzanian national squad in 2015.

Head to Head

The two clubs met for the first time on Boxing Day when Solihull won 4-0 at the Proact in Martin Allen's final game in charge.

From the Dugout

John Pemberton said: "They're a big, physical team. Really well organised, well-drilled and they've got a real aerial threat. They're very good at set-pieces. I'm hoping we'll be a little bit better on the ball, which might cause them a few problems. The lads are very upbeat and looking forward to the game."

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