‘They have let themselves down’ was Gary Waddock’s verdict on his players after Aldershot Town were beaten 2-0 by Eastleigh at the EBB Stadium on Easter Monday.
After a goalless draw at Solihull Moors on Good Friday, the Shots looked to be missing a cutting edge as they took on the Spitfires in a Hampshire derby in their second game of the long weekend. Aldershot had plenty of chances to score but whether it was a over-hit set piece or a horribly wayward shot, the home team never looked like finding the back of the net.
Eastleigh, by no means world beaters, had few chances but made them count – Chris Zebroski heading the visitors into the lead just before half-time and then Paul McCallum with another head on 63 minutes. And a clearly unhappy Waddock admitted his side were far from their best and could not put his finger on why so many of the squad underperformed on the day.
“We are bitterly disappointed,” he said. “It was just a very, very poor display.
“The preparation was no different to how we normally prepare. The presentation that me and James [Rowe] gave the players was quite clear, what Eastleigh’s strengths and weaknesses are and it was quite evident from Eastleigh’s performance what they were good at and the areas that we could have hurt them.
“If you can’t take opportunities when they come about and if you can’t deliver a ball from a set-play then you’ve got a problem because me, James, Russ [Clash] and Steve [Francis] can’t enter the field of play and deliver it. That’s the responsibility of the players.
“So as much I want to protect the players, they have let themselves down.”
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