That was a point gained, insists Bristol Rovers manager
MARK McGhee believes his Bristol Rovers side have taken a small step towards turning around their poor run of form after watching them score in front of their own supporters for the first time this season.
McGhee saw a last-gasp equaliser by substitute Fabian Broghammer halt the Pirates' run of three successive defeats at the Memorial Stadium after goals from Aldershot pair Craig Reid and Alex Rodman had overturned David Clarkson's early opener.
"It was imperative we didn't lose another home game," said McGhee. "What we have also done is score two goals in front of our own supporters for the first time this season. That was important because we've proved to ourselves we can get goals.
"In the end, it was a point gained. At this stage, the way things are for us, any point is a point gained.
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"We've got to accept we've struggled to prove ourselves so far this season. We're not a team that can claim we should be beating Aldershot or anybody else because we have to go out and earn that right.
"I thought we were comfortable at stages and we moved the ball well. We were full of energy and we created a few chances and when we did get the first goal, I felt we would go on from there."
The opening goal came in the 11th minute off the boot of Clarkson from 25 yards.
It was Clarkson's first goal for Rovers since joining from Bristol City over the summer and McGhee said: "It was a fantastic strike and I think it was a big statement from him.
"David has been excellent for us and has deserved a goal. I think it'll be the first of many and his reaction to it showed that he's here, he's a Bristol Rovers player and that he wants to be loved, as it were."
Rovers' lead, however, was cut short seven minutes later following an exquisite finish from Aldershot striker Reid.
McGhee was critical of his side's defending for that strike and the one that followed by Rodman in the 57th minute – although he complained there had been a foul on Rovers defender Jim Paterson in the phase of play before Aldershot's first goal.
"I thought it was a foul on Jim," said McGhee, who added: "but what followed was shocking from our point of view.
"We're gifting goals to other teams a bit too easily at the moment and we need to be a lot better. I believe we have the players to be better, so it's a case of working hard on the training ground to cut out those little individual errors that are costing us."
Broghammer, meanwhile, produced an impressive cameo after he came off the bench in the 68th minute, which culminated in a close-range tap-in to convert an Eliot Richards cross as stoppage-time approached.
"Fabian can get into these areas, but he has been a bit ropey in terms of consistency and discipline within the game," said McGhee. "I don't think he's quite at a stage where he's ready to start games.
"He certainly made a contribution from the bench, as did the other substitutes that came on. It's good for me to be able to look over my shoulder and know I have players capable of changing things or doing something different."
Defender Cian Bolger suffered a serious-looking knee injury and looks likely to miss next Saturday's trip to Gillingham.
McGhee, however, said afterwards: "We don't think the injury is bad as we first feared.
"It remains to be seen whether or not Cian will be fit enough to play next weekend, but I don't think we need to worry about it being a long-term problem."