Gary Waddock has defended his players and Aldershot Town’s start to the season, intimating that the criticism received in some quarters has been baffling, report Surrey Live.

The Shots boss was speaking after his side’s 2-0 win against bottom club Dover Athletic in the National League – the club’s fourth win at home in six this term despite a dispiriting away record of six straight defeats.

Waddock was happy his men were able to see off the Kent strugglers, with the return of keeper Jake Cole, striker Matt McClure and club captain Karleigh Osborne key to the team’s success. Two goals from Portsmouth’s on loan midfielder Adam May did the trick for Shots who never really looked convincing even though they deserved to win the points and played some fluent football in spells.

Realist Waddock has previously gone on record as saying he thinks the expectation is too high and when asked about his previous comment he said: “Everybody needs to be patient, purely and simply because we massively overachieved in the past two years with a good group of players and we’ve lost them in the summer, for all different reasons.

“And we’ve now assembled a different group and they need time. They are only young as well, so we have to be patient but you can see glimpses of what they’re about.”

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