5 Questions Before Solihull Moors v Wrexham AFC

Is JJ Hooper ready to start?

Returning earlier than expected, JJ Hooper made a real impact off the bench. He set up the winning goal and his movement enlivened Wrexham’s attacking play. But surely it’s asking too much to hope he could get through 90 minutes 3 days later?

Does Carra continue as a centre back?

We all know that Mark Carrington can do everything. Full back, midfield, centre back: ask him to do anything and he’ll acquit himself well. Last Saturday he was surprisingly introduced into a back three and, of course, he was his usual reliable self. But will Brian Flynn want to keep him in the centre of his defence against Solihull Moors?

The home side are direct and physical, with big target men like Danny Wright and Paul McCallum up front. Will we need to put a more orthodox stopper into the back three to halt them?

Carrington was our best player at right back in a poor performance at Solihull last season: he often is our best performer when we don’t turn up as a team, a solid 7-out-of-10 player irrespective of the circumstances, week-in, week-out. He’s street-smart enough to cope, but will it be safer to use him elsewhere in a tricky match?

Can we use the asymmetric wing-backs again?

Brian Flynn shocked Ebbsfleet with his asymmetric wing-back set-up, leaving one high up the pitch while the other was more orthodox. He then decisively threw them further by switching their roles at the break. But is that a terrifically risky approach to take in a tricky away game? Bryan Hughes took chances to try and increase our attacking threat – will Flynn continue that approach?

Has Paul Rutherford earned a start?

Paul Rutherford was terrific last Saturday. Fulfilling the role which has been filled by Bobby Grant, Mark Harris, Leighton McIntosh and Devonte Redmond, drifting in from the flank, he perhaps found space between the lines better than his predecessors did.

He grabbed a goal too, but there’s the problem. Rutherford has lost his place in the front three because he doesn’t hit the target often enough. He provides assists, but that was his first goal of 2019. In a tricky away game, where matching Solihull’s work rate might be crucial, Flynn might reward Rutherford’s decisive performance and ignore the reduction in our goal threat.

What if we win?

Whisper it, but if we impress, momentum will gather behind the Second Age of Flynn!


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