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Dean Holdsworth admitted the timing of York's goals hit his struggling Aldershot side hard as they fell to a 2-0 home defeat.
Quickfire strikes from Matty Blair and Jason Walker, from the penalty spot, just minutes into the second half inflicted a second successive league defeat on the Shots and a fifth of the season.
"The timing of the goals couldn't have been any worse for us really," Holdsworth said. "We lost possession cheaply and to be fair to York they picked us off. To concede two goals in four minutes made it such an uphill task for us.
"I thought we were the better side in the first half and we asked them to pass the ball as brightly as we could. Their goals shocked us a bit and it's not a nice feeling to lose at home because we trained and worked really hard all week, but those two goals affected everything.
"We asked the lads to come out of the traps really lively and you need to take your chances. We had more shots than in previous games, but we need that first goal to give us belief.
"It's a test of character for the players now but we'll get through it with hard work and ability. We have to react now and they are a young group, but they have to stand up and be counted now."