Player-manager Kevin Nicholson shares his thoughts after Tuesday night’s 3-2 defeat away to Aldershot Town:

As I’ve said in the main press I was very proud of my players last night.

I don’t think we played well enough with the ball to come out talking about “we should’ve won” but what we did do was earn the right to get level with 25 minutes left to play. A decision that we cannot effect meant we could not see what we could have done with a level playing field, with 20 minutes to go. As the old adage says “goals change games”.

I think my lads could’ve really caved in after that, but they stayed true to themselves and despite a controversial goal against us to make it 3-1, they still managed to fight on and give themselves a chance.

As long as we can take those positives to Gateshead and use any left over anger and frustration as positive fuel then I see us kicking on again and having a positive season.

There is a lot more to come with this group with the ball but the character, work rate, being tough to beat, and attitude have shone through in the first 2 games against teams that will occupy the top 4 or 5 spots come May.

A big shout out to our fans who came in great numbers and great voice again and I think they left positive about what they had seen and the potential this group has.

It’s a long season with many highs and lows to come but if we stick to our “next practice” mindset, effect only what we can control, and not worry about anything else then we are on the right road.

Have a good week and we are on to Gateshead!!