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'Crowd had too big an influence on the referee' - Dean Holdsworth

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: February 18, 2013

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DEAN Holdsworth accused the match officials of allowing the home crowd to influence decisions as his Aldershot Town side claimed a 1-1 draw at Cheltenham Town on Saturday.

Aldershot had four players shown a yellow card, with Anthony Tonkin dismissed for a second booking 17 minutes from full-time. Only Shaun Harrad was cautioned for Cheltenham.

"When you look at the conditions and the picture of the whole game you have to be content with a point," Holdsworth (pictured above) said.

"Part of me is disappointed we haven't got three, but I felt the crowd played a big part in this game.

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"There was a lot of pressure on the officials, who I spoke to after the game. Cheltenham had a lot of decisions and if you look at the ratio of yellow cards, we were harshly done by because it wasn't an overzealous game."

Both of Tonkin's yellow cards were for fouls on ex-Aldershot winger Jermaine McGlashan, a player who Holdsworth said knows exactly how to win free-kicks.

"I know Jermaine very well and I know what he does," Holdsworth said. "For the second one he (Tonkin) couldn't get out of the way and he just stood there.

"The referee hasn't played the game has he? Jermaine does that and he wins a lot of fouls, but that's the game and today we haven't been punished too much for it thankfully."

Aldershot remain second from bottom with 14 matches left to save their Football League status.

Holdsworth said: "Cheltenham are a very good side with good players, so we have to be pleased with this result.

"We showed character and resilience because it was a real test. We were disappointed with their goal, but the players have put in a massive shift and we have to take that into Tuesday at home to Torquay now."

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  • Craig84  |  February 18 2013, 2:17PM

    Well said, CheltRobin. Their captain, Herd, was a disgrace. Not 2 minutes after the start of the second half, when he and Taylor had had a talking to from the ref, he kicked out at Harrison as he was chasing the ball down. Harrison didn't do anything, simply ran across in front of Herd moments after Herd had passed the ball, but Herd (close to being the most vile player I've seen at Whaddon Road this season, just falling short of the little runt for Fleetwood that got Bennett sent off) didn't seem to like it so threw his leg out at him anyway. Harrison turned and had a look at him but though better of lamping him one, thankfully. Unsurprisingly, none of the officials saw it, including the linesman who was bang in line with it.

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  • Paul_64  |  February 18 2013, 12:58PM

    Quite right CheltRobin There was one particular occasion when one Shots player went down looking for a foul in front of the In2Print stand, rolled about a bit. Then when the ball got played down their right wing he was up like a whippet racing down the wing after it! I think some call it professionalism, I call it cheating.

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  • CheltRobin  |  February 18 2013, 12:17PM

    Deano - sorry mate - but what on earth are you talking about? Were you even watching the same match that I was? Your comments suggest not. Firstly, I know that the Shots are struggling and battling to keep their footy league status - Chelt were in the same position only a few seasons ago - However, there is a massive difference in how we went about surviving and how your team are going about surviving - based on the events on Saturdays match anyway. Maybe it's down to the fact that you were once part of the Crazy Gang at Wimbledon - but the facts are these: 1) From the 1st minute of the match, every time a Chelt player tried to run with the ball or play a 1-2 with a teammate, they were either climbed all over or hacked to the ground, time after time, after time. The referee should've issued a few quick yellow cards to your players, but he didn't, so this continued throughout the match. 2) In the 2nd half, especially after we scored, the Shots players (especially the keeper) did so much time-wasting, there should've ben 10 minutes additional time at the end of 90 mins. Also, whenever 1 of the Chelt players got anywhere near 1 of the Shots players, they immediately fell to the ground, rolled around in agony, then got straight up once the ref had given the free kick in your favour. As I said earlier I know the Shots are struggling and battling and scrapping for every point they can get - I fully accept and understand that. However, the antics shown by your team on Saturday were utterly disgraceful and shouldn't be allowed to happen in a professional match. You were lucky that only 1 of your players were sent off - it could've been 2 or 3 easily. In my 15 or so years regularly supporting the Robins, I can't remember seeing a match were 1 side has been so very blatant in trying to disrupt the match at every available opportunity. Its not gamesmanship - its called cheating!! The Shots are a shadow of the side that beat us 4-1 a few years ago - if you continue to play that way for the rest of the season, I wouldn't shed a tear if you were relegated.

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