FA Cup thump­ing shows how far short we are, says Shots man­ager WADDOCK IS CON­CERNED CON­FI­DENCE WILL SUF­FER

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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.”

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