'Crowd had too big an influence on the referee' - Dean Holdsworth
DEAN Holdsworth accused the match officials of allowing the home crowd to influence decisions as his Aldershot Town side claimed a 1-1 draw at Cheltenham Town on Saturday.
Aldershot had four players shown a yellow card, with Anthony Tonkin dismissed for a second booking 17 minutes from full-time. Only Shaun Harrad was cautioned for Cheltenham.
"When you look at the conditions and the picture of the whole game you have to be content with a point," Holdsworth (pictured above) said.
"Part of me is disappointed we haven't got three, but I felt the crowd played a big part in this game.
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"There was a lot of pressure on the officials, who I spoke to after the game. Cheltenham had a lot of decisions and if you look at the ratio of yellow cards, we were harshly done by because it wasn't an overzealous game."
Both of Tonkin's yellow cards were for fouls on ex-Aldershot winger Jermaine McGlashan, a player who Holdsworth said knows exactly how to win free-kicks.
"I know Jermaine very well and I know what he does," Holdsworth said. "For the second one he (Tonkin) couldn't get out of the way and he just stood there.
"The referee hasn't played the game has he? Jermaine does that and he wins a lot of fouls, but that's the game and today we haven't been punished too much for it thankfully."
Aldershot remain second from bottom with 14 matches left to save their Football League status.
Holdsworth said: "Cheltenham are a very good side with good players, so we have to be pleased with this result.
"We showed character and resilience because it was a real test. We were disappointed with their goal, but the players have put in a massive shift and we have to take that into Tuesday at home to Torquay now."