Hylton brace sees Scott off to Shots flyerBy Jon Couch
February 23, 2013
NEW manager Andy Scott got his reign at Aldershot Town off to a winning start with a comfortable 2-0 victory over nine-man Fleetwood Town at the EBB Stadium on Saturday.
Scott, who was only appointed as successor to sacked Dean Holdsworth the day before, watched his new side deservedly take the points against the League Two play-off chasing Cod Army, courtesy of a goal in each half from striker Danny Hylton.
In truth, Fleetwood made Scott's life easier by contributing to their own downfall in the second half - Jamie McGuire sent off for a shove on Oliver Risser, before Alan Goodall followed him down the tunnel after a professional foul on Hylton, although Craig Reid missed the resulting penalty for Shots.
But Scott was just delighted to start his Aldershot era with three precious points, thus opening up a four-point gap from the dreaded Football League drop zone.
"The lads were fantastic, it was a terrific win and thoroughly deserved," the former Brentford and Rotherham manager said.
"Even when it was 11 versus 11 we were the better side.
"There are still a lot of things to work on but [there are] a hell of a lot of positives and I'm delighted from the response of my players after what's been a difficult week.
"It was good to be back in the dug-out, although draining, but if we expect the players to put in 100% then I will do my utmost on the touchline to make sure we get the result."
Hylton missed a golden opportunity to put the Shots in front as early as the 12th minute but blazed a shot over the bar.
But they did eventually break the deadlock seven minutes before the break after good work from Keiron Cadogan found Sonny Bradley. His effort was blocked and Hylton rifled the ball home.
Ryan Crowther hit the post for Fleetwood as the visitors upped the ante after the break, but their task was made all the more difficult when McGuire saw red for a violent push on Risser.
The Shots should have made their numerical advantage count when Reid played Hylton through and the goalbound Shots striker was upended by Goodall, prompting referee Robert Whitton to brandish a red for the second time.
Reid, though, saw his penalty saved onto the post by stand-in keeper David Lucas.
But it did not take long for the Shots to wrap up victory - Hylton latching onto another Reid pass on 84 minutes and firing an effort past Lucas into the far corner.
ALDERSHOT: Young, Herd. Morris, Forbes, Bradley, Risser, Hall, Vincenti, Cadogan, Mekki (Reid 65), Hylton. Subs: Lancashire, McNamee, Stanley, Cooksley, Webbe, G Morris.
Ref: Robert Whitton. Att: 2,032 (73).