They were fitter, faster, more skillful, more organised, they had certainly done their homework.
The only thing I would say was the same was the scoring ability in front of goal and we had more possession.
Aldershot have a real mean good old fashioned defence. 99% of clearances went to a red shirt, 99% of all passes went to a red shirt, 99% of the 50/50 balls fell for a red shirt every flick on fell right for a red shirt.
They were organised in defence as soon as the ball came into defence 99% of the time it went straight back out again, even if it did clear the stand.
It's a pity we had to lose by a penalty as I think the quality of play in front of goal was the same for both sides. It's just the defence that really worked for Aldershot every clearance we made either went out for a corner/throw in or straight back to a red shirt and into danger again!!!
Man of the Match for me had to be Danny Potter, I couldn't think of another player that deserved it. I don't think we wanted it to be honest everything seemed so half-hearted unless that was just Aldershot toying with us in the last quarter of an hour.
A final word to the Aldershot supporters. The vocal support tonight was superb and apart from the stupid yobs that came on the pitch and started throwing glasses into the crowd, they sang their hearts out all night.
I know they still need 4 points, but I think they can definately put the champagne on ice tonight. They've deserved it...
Matt CIFC <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />