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League Two

Scott sounds relegation warning

17 March 2013

Aldershot manager Andy Scott warned his side they must stick together if they are to avoid relegation.

A 1-0 defeat by AFC Wimbledon dropped Scott's Shots into the bottom two. Jack Midson's fine chipped finish on 72 minutes proved the difference - although Aldershot should have led in the opening stages when Craig Reid shot wide.

"Staying in this division is about being a team, it's not about individuals," said Scott.

"It's about being a group and believing in ourselves. We've lost our last two games by a single goal and before that we went six unbeaten.

"It's fine lines and when you're down the bottom you get punished for things. Now it's about sticking together and if we get pressure from elsewhere we'll deal with it as a group because we're stronger as a group.

"They're all big games now. I don't care what anyone says now, they're all big. It doesn't matter who we're playing against because every game could give us three points. We need points to stay up and we won't approach things any other way."

The game was subject to a pitch inspection prior to kick-off and the wet pitch did little to encourage a passing game, with Midson's finish a rare piece of quality. It was the striker's 12th goal of the season and after seeing his side move to up 18th spot, Dons manager Neal Ardley admitted the victory could prove decisive.

"I think all along you go for the win, but at the same time you don't want to lose. The way results are happening around us, you could find yourself in trouble," he said.

"It was a sublime finish. Jack put in the effort for the team in a scrappy game.

"Not to lose was important but that doesn't mean we didn't try and go for the win. I knew it would be the sort of game it was with the pitch cutting up, it was always going to be scrappy and we knew we had to dig in to put in a good performance."

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