FA Cup thumping shows how far short we are, says Shots manager WADDOCK IS CONCERNED CONFIDENCE WILL SUFFER
GARY WADDOCK says his side’s 5- 0 FA Cup defeat to Shrewsbury showed Aldershot Town are a long way off the level of the League One leaders and hopes the scoreline doesn’t hit confidence too much.
Two separate five- minute spells at Shrewsbury condemned the Shots to an FA Cup thrashing as the Shrews clinically picked off the visitors.
Alex Rodman, Shaun Walley, Stefan Payne, Arthur Gnahoua and Carlton Morris all hit the back of Mark Smith’s net to make it eight goals conceded in two games for the Shots after the 3- 1 league defeat to Barrow.
And Shots manager Waddock felt it was too easy for Shrewsbury Town to hit the back of the net.
“The scoreline could have been more,” said Waddock.
“The players were aware of [ Shrewsbury’s finishing prowess], we trained on it last week and we showed them in the videos, so they were aware of it but you can’t have a remote control throughout the game, the players have to sense the danger and deal with it.
“I learnt we’re a long, long way off this kind of stage and arena at present, but we’re trying to build to get to where we need to get to and we must make sure it doesn’t hit our confidence too greatly, and we must bounce back on Saturday.
“The experience was a heavy one, especially with the scoreline, and we’re bitterly disappointed.
“You have to learn from that, we made mistakes which were punished and we move forward.
“The scoreline tells you a story, it’s difficult to take, we came up here to try and make it difficult for the opposition but that wasn’t the case [ on Saturday].
“They’re League One, looking to go into the Championship. We’re in the National League looking to try and get out of there, so there’s a gulf and that showed up.”
Fabien Robert, who extended his loan spell from Forest Green last week, was one of the standout performers for the Shots and looked their most dangerous threat going forward, something which was highlighted by Shrewsbury manager Paul Hurst.
And Waddock believes the Frenchman showed what a good footballer he is.
“We felt that against this type of opposition, Fabien would want to show that he is a decent footballer and he is, and he showed good moments,” added Waddock.
“He’s at that stage now where he plays and there’s a spark and you feel something is going to happen when he’s got the ball.”