Barrow AFC manager Ian Evatt believes the sending-off of Solihull Moors’ Tyrone Williams arguably didn’t help his side in the final half-hour of their 3-0 victory at Holker Street.

The Bluebirds were already cruising towards the win when Williams was shown a red card for his second bookable offence when he tripped Scott Quigley, who had struck the third goal.

Most inside the ground would have hoped to see AFC fill their boots against ten men – Solihull had struggled enough with 11 – but instead the game drifted to a tame end as the intensity drained away.

Nonetheless, this was a tremendous result for Barrow, who are starting to recover from what was a disappointing start to the season and in John Rooney, they have one of the form players of the National League.

Evatt said: “We’ve been playing well – I think anyone who’s been to all the games will say we haven’t really got what we deserved.

“I’m delighted today, although I thought the sending-off kind of spoiled the game because it helped them rather than us, really.

“It enabled them to sit two banks of four behind the ball and made them very difficult to break down and the game was already won.

“The players were outstanding, really good, and I think our performances have warranted something like that.

“Solihull are a good team, by the way, they’ve got some very good players and they’ve got a nice big budget and they were excellent last season, so to come and do that to them today was a fantastic performance.

“I said last week that I thought the Aldershot game was a turning point in terms of the cycle [of dropping leads] was broken.

“We just needed that lift of belief and confidence that win gave us and today you could see the confidence coming out of the players.”