We have to keep battling, says Aspin after Welling defeat

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Town boss Neil Aspin admits his team are facing a “testing time” after suffering their fourth straight defeat at Welling on Saturday.

The Shaymen have slipped to 11th in the Conference Premier and have won only once in their last six matches in all competitions.

Aspin wants his side to show their fighting spirit and is determined to steer his side through their sticky patch.

“I’ve got to try and lift the players, try and lift myself and make sure we come in on Monday and we’re positive,” he said.

“If you’re losing games, your confidence dips, there’s no question about that.

“If you’re winning, things are fine, everybody’s confident and everybody wants the ball.

“But it’s difficult when you’re losing and confidence dips.

“In football, confidence is a massive thing. You can have the same players losing games with no confidence and they can look a lot worse than they actually are.

“There’s no easy solutions - it’s a competitive league, the squads are competitive all through the league.

“We know what we’re in for but you’ve got to face the battle.

“Since I’ve been here things have gone pretty well but now we’re having a difficult time.

“But you’ve got to face up to it and you’ve got to keep battling.

“This is a testing time but you’ve got to face the challenge.”

Matt Pearson was sent-off for violent conduct shortly after Charlie Penny’s winner a few minutes into the second-half.

Aspin accepted Pearson’s behaviour wasn’t acceptable and was frustrated the Town midfielder was dismissed after an encouraging first-half performance.

“I haven’t seen the incident - I believe it’s for stamping, which can’t be tolerated,” Aspin said.

“You will get sendings-off in a career but you shouldn’t get sent-off for stamping.

“I don’t want to see it, I’m not happy about it and that’s influenced the game.

“There was no need for it.

“I spoke to Matty in the week, he’s had a difficult time.

“It’d be fair to say he’s not played well this season but we had a good chat after training on Wednesday and I felt the first-half he played really well.

“He was very disciplined, he was doing the job that I wanted.

“He had a little bit of a problem with his thigh and we didn’t know if he’d be able to stay on the pitch.

“Then it’s ironic that he got sent-off because his thigh was sore at half-time but he wanted to battle on and we were happy for him to do that because Beautyman’s a talented player and we felt if he stuck to him, put him out of the game, we’d have a better chance of doing well.

“First-half, he did everything I asked but he’s let the club down, he’s let himself down and he’s let his team-mates down.”

Aspin said his side failed to build any momentum after Lois Maynard’s equaliser just before half-time.

“It was a great header by Lois - it should have given us a lift, we should have kicked on,” he said.

“We said the right things at half-time but they didn’t carry that onto the pitch in the second-half.

“That period after half-time has been crucial and that’s led to us losing the game.

“But I’m not going to make excuses, we need to be better.

“We’re in a difficult spell and we’ve got to keep going, stick together and get a result that turns things around.

“Then we can start building again but we’re a long way off what we were, that’s for definite.

“It’s a difficult period, we’ve got some tough games and we need to get a result and a performance to turn it.”