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Weymouth ‘dictated’ play in Aldershot victory

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Dorset EchoDELIGHTED Weymouth manager Brian Stock praised all aspects of the Terras’ performance after overseeing a superb 2-0 win at Aldershot.

Victory for Weymouth yielded a second consecutive Vanarama National League victory and clean sheet – their first back-to-back three points this season.

Aldershot hemmed in the visitors during a tough opening 10 minutes and saw Chike Kandi shoot wide on the turn when he might have scored.

However, Weymouth assumed control when Andy Dallas buried a Sean Shields cross before Aldershot keeper Mitch Walker saw red for handball outside the area.

Dallas punished a slip from Alex Finney to bag his brace prior to half-time and Weymouth comfortably saw the game out in the second half.

After a win that narrowed the gap to Yeovil in 20th to two points, Stock felt the Terras “dictated” play after a rocky early spell.

He told Echosport: “It was a slow start and I’m shouting on the sidelines. We failed to clear our lines on quite a few occasions.

“Give the players credit, they stuck to the task. I felt Aldershot missed a golden opportunity in the first 10 minutes. If that had gone in, you never know what the outcome would’ve been.

“I felt we regrouped very well and we’ve got a lot of voices on the pitch now.

“That togetherness and the vocal information we need was evident again.”

He added: “We’ve gone about our business in the right way and we went in at 2-0 at half-time.

“You can feel the vibe from the players. Sometimes as a manager you don’t have to say too much because they’re saying the same messages, which is great.

“The second half wasn’t pretty but we’ve seen out the game and got another clean sheet.”

Stock applauded Cambridge United loanee Dallas after his first goals for the club.

He said: “Before the game we highlighted the importance of turning their back four, down the sides of their centre-halves.

“We refused one or two passes early on until we put one down the side of Aldershot.

“Andy’s all-round performance was very, very good. He’s a very honest, hard-working person and he’s a really good lad.

“What he gives us is that ability to go in behind. He’s also strong with the ball as well. He’s proven he’s got an eye for goal.”

Aldershot played over 70 minutes with 10 men but Stock felt Walker’s dismissal did not change the direction of the contest.

“At 1-0 we tended to control the game,” he said. “We had a quick change of formation and that suited us to drop Josh McQuoid into midfield.

“When we did counter we countered at pace and looked very, very dangerous.

“I’m really pleased with the energy and with the likes of our back four we’ve got pace in the back line as well.

“Energy-wise we looked good considering we’d only played Saturday.

“The sending off, did it dictate the game? I don’t think so.

“If (Dallas) had gone round the goalkeeper and tucked it in for 2-0 I don’t think the outcome would’ve changed.

“Although we dictated the game at the back, I thought we were a threat against 11 men or not.”