Holdsworth frustrated by draw

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Dean Holdsworth

Aldershot boss Dean Holdsworth was bemused after his side were held to a goalless draw by basement-boys Plymouth.

Shots striker Danny Hylton was the chief culprit for Holdsworth's men, missing a first-half penalty as well as headed chances either side of the break. Despite dominating the second 45 minutes, Aldershot were unable to break the deadlock and were forced to settle for a point after an impressive second-half showing from Plymouth goalkeeper Jake Cole.

"I'm disappointed for the players. To be fair, we've done everything right apart from putting the ball in the net," said Holdsworth,

"Obviously missing a penalty doesn't help, we created a number of chances and on another day we would have won that game by two or three goals. I can't fault my players' effort and desire, man for man we were decent but goals win games and unfortunately we didn't get any.

"We've got another tough game against Gillingham on Monday and we hope to get a result but we know we'll need to improve in front of goal."

Carl Fletcher was content with his Plymouth players for doing "the ugly things" in order to claim a point

Fletcher said: "We know we didn't really play well - we weren't firing on all cylinders but I'm glad we got a point and a clean sheet.

"We battled away and put our bodies on the line for the club - it was a good competitive game and we were a bit lucky at times but we worked hard and dug in and did all the ugly things to get a result.

"I told my lads not to panic at half-time. I said if it had be a scrappy game than so be it and if we get a chance than excellent but if not let's make sure we come away with a clean sheet.

"We did just that and I'm pleased with the effort and commitment."

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