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REVIEW | Solihull Moors 1-2 Wrexham

Wrexham completed the festive double over Solihull Moors, with a 2-1 victory at the ARMCO Arena.

3 January 2023


REVIEW | Solihull Moors 1-2 Wrexham

Wrexham completed the festive double over Solihull Moors, with a 2-1 victory at the ARMCO Arena.

3 January 2023

After the 5-0 Boxing Day demolition, Wrexham completed the double with an impressive victory in Solihull for the first time since 2017.

Phil Parkinson opted for the same eleven that had proven to be so effective at the Racecourse a week earlier.  

With the relentless goals coming from Aaron Hayden, it felt as though every game would mark equal opportunity for Jordan Tunnicliffe to score his first goal for the Red Dragons, given his goalscoring history.

Elliot Lee’s eye-catching trickery on the right-hand side of the Solihull box gave him the platform to chip a cross to the back-post. Tunnicliffe was completely unmarked and a powerful downward header left Ryan Boot helpless in goal, as Wrexham took the lead in the eleventh minute. 

An early start like this was exactly what Wrexham needed, given the increased chance of a fast start by the Moors in response to their drumming on Boxing Day. 

The injury to Jacob Mendy after the first period of the game seemed to shift the tide though, as signalled by Phil Parkinson in his post-match interview. The Moors managed to break away from the defensive line of Tom O’Connor and Lee in the midfield on a few occasions, giving them chances to run at the Wrexham defence.  

Coupled with a seemingly endless amount of corners, they were providing constant problems for Wrexham, where defending in the box became scrappy. 

However, any shots that did come Mark Howard’s way were dealt with efficiently by the goalkeeper and Wrexham weathered the storm of that twenty-minute period in the first half.

The final five minutes of the first half would be a pre-cursor to the events of the second, seeing Lee’s constant desire to link-up with the Wrexham strikers, using his low centre of gravity to full force. 

The vast majority of the second half display was centred on better controlling the game with an offensive mindset. Wrexham were playing the channels well, seeing Ollie Palmer utilise the left-wing more, with the interwinding help of Lee in tight pockets. 

Wrexham’s second goal did however come from a set-piece. 

O’Connor has been praised for his recent performances and fans know of his ability to score from a free-kick. There would be no deflection off the wall this time around, as the Wrexham midfielder’s kick sailed into the back of the net, with the speed and curl proving too much for Boot. 

It was proving the perfect away day for Wrexham, especially given the result of the first fixture. Fans will be keen to remember the equally impressive 5-1 display at home to Salford on Boxing Day in 2018, before losing 2-0 at the Peninsula Stadium on New Year’s Day. 

Tensions did however rise when the Moors gained a fortuitous goal in the first minute of stoppage time. Ryan Barnett found room to run into the Wrexham box from a free-kick and smashed a ball across the goalmouth, only for it to deflect off the underside of Howard and roll into the back of the net. Bartosz Cybulski appeared to jump over the ball right in front of Howard and the goalkeeper was unable to readjust in that split second.  

The loss of the clean sheet would have been a dampener after such a fine performance in net. 

This led to a nervous two minutes, but the final whistle came to joyous scenes in the packed-out Wrexham away end.

Winning their games in hand, Wrexham will have the opportunity to reclaim top spot. However, focus must now shift to the FA Cup, where the Red Dragons take on Championship side Coventry City in the Third Round.  

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