Holdsworth makes no excuses

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Dean Holdsworth admitted he is at a loss for reasons for Aldershot's inconsistent performances after seeing his side slip to a 2-0 defeat to Paolo Di Canio's Swindon.

Since the Carling Cup defeat to Manchester United, Holdsworth has seen his team pick up six league points from a possible 15 and slide to 16th in the League Two table.

"We are going to have to dig really deep at the moment and turn this around," he said. "We need to be realistic with the position we find ourselves in. We are far too inconsistent and we can't carry players in the performance if we are to turn this slump around. In all truth we carried two or three players in the second half and that just simply isn't acceptable."

The former Wimbledon star was also livid with his defence for what he could only describe as "two very poor goals" in 20 second-half minutes while seeing Michael Rankine's headed goal disallowed for a foul on Swindon's Aden Flint.

He added: "The first half proved that our plan was right, we contained them well and we were giving a good account of ourselves but then we conceded two horrible goals.

"I was disappointed that Michael's header was disallowed but to let them go up the other end and score a second is just wrong. If you are going to beat teams as classy as Swindon you have to be clinical at both ends of the pitch and we just didn't do that."

Di Canio was quick to laud the performance of Jake Jervis, who netted his first goal at the County Ground since his loan move from Birmingham at the end of September.

He said: "I am really happy for Jake, I have been telling him for a month he needs to attack the six-yard box more and finally he started doing it here. It's taken a while but he is a young fella and he will continue to learn. But at last he showed a true glimpse of his full potential."

The Italian also hoped that the victory was a step in the right direction in the play-off race, as the home side extended their unbeaten run to 11 games in all competitions.

"If we keep going like this we are going to be in a great position for the second-half of the season," said Di Canio. "I am not satisfied quite yet but if we keep working hard and playing as a team then our position in the table will look after itself."

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