Solihull Moors manager Tim Flowers admits that this evening’s FA Cup replay against Blackpool will present his high-flying side with an unusual experience.
The game at Bloomfield Road is likely to be played in front of a extremely small home crowd as many Blackpool fans continue to boycott games in protest at the club’s ownership.
Blackpool, who have been owned by the Oyston family since 1989, attracted an attendance of just over 3,000 fans at their 17,000 capacity stadium for their previous home game against Charlton Athletic and even less Tangerines fans are expected through the turnstyles tonight.
The Solihull boss told the club’s official website: “I think it’s a bit of an eerie feeling there because the home fans are boycotting a lot of the games. So it’s a very big ground with not a lot of people in it.
“I think our fans will be able to make themselves heard, that’s for sure, and having that backing – home or away – it made a massive difference to the lads in the first game.
“It will be a wonderful evening out for the football club and I hope the supporters enjoy it.”
The winners of this evening’s game face a dream tie against Unai Emery’s Arsenal side in the next round but for now at least, Flowers is relishing the prospect of coming up against tonight’s League One opponents.
He added: “If you don’t look forward to games like this, especially for clubs like ours, then you’re in the wrong place.
“It will be a massive test for us, there’s no doubt at that, Blackpool are a really good side who are at the top end of League One.
“But if we can raise our intensity levels like we did for the home game then it will be a good game and a good football match.
“It’s a really great opportunity for us to go and see how the other half live a little bit and for our players to see what they can do if they continue working hard and progressing. They could get to League One and get themselves a good career.”