JOHN Coleman said he wanted his players to ‘wear their heart on their sleeves and be carried off on their shields’ in their home clashes this season.
The Reds boss wanted whole-hearted, entertaining displays where the players gave their all and attracted the fans back to the Fraser Eagle Stadium.
He admitted that, even if his side lost home matches, if the effort was there then supporters would not be disappointed.
There were slight signs that this could happen in the season’s opener on Saturday - but he will demand a lot more from his side if they are challenge in the higher reaches of League Two and put the 15 home defeats from last season behind them.
There was no lack of effort from his side who battled hard and, with a never-say-die attitude, were pressing right through the four minutes of injury-time for the equaliser.
But they lacked the finishing touch and the new-look side didn’t gel enough giving Aldershot the headlines and the three points on their return to the Football League following a 16-year absence.
And Coleman was gutted after the game in which he was desperate for a winning start, especially to boost attendances with 511 of the 1800 crowd from the Shots.
He said: "Every time you lose it is disappointing but we made a conscious effort to try and improve our home form and it hasn’t happened.
"I think we won the first half on points but we went in 1-0 down and, if you give away possession cheaply and bring someone down on the edge of the box, you always run the risk of conceding a goal."
And that’s what happened on 43 minutes when Stanley lost the ball in midfield, Ian Craney tried to win it back but brought down Scott Donnelly on the edge of the area.
The Shots midfielder admitted his free kicks had been "awful" in pre-season but he saved the best for when it counted, curling the ball into the top corner of the net for his - and Aldershot’s - first League Two goal.
That was the turning point as the Reds just couldn’t find a way back after what had been a bright opening.
Bobby Grant got the nod to start on the right wing and he made some strong runs and put a couple of good crosses into the box - although there were also some that didn’t hit the mark.
Leam Richardson was on the right flank and he got forward well but couldn’t have a major impact.
Defenders Chris King and Colin Murdock both made their Reds’ debut and were solid but loan frontman Jamie Clarke couldn’t seriously trouble the Shots defence in his new role alongside Paul Mullin.
"Jamie could have done better - he is better than that," said Coleman.
But it could have been different story if Stanley had taken one of their two gilt-edged chances in the first 30 minutes.
Captain Peter Cavanagh set up and Andy Procter and his header had to be clawed out of the bottom corner of the net by Aldershot keeper Nikki Bull.
And a minute later, Mullin - who last scored in March for the Reds - beat the off-side trap and one-on-one looked like he could thwart Bull but the keeper denied him.
After a nervy opening, the Shots started getting more into the game and tall striker Marvin Morgan, brought from Woking in the summer, caused problems alongside John Grant up front with his pace.
Morgan had several opportunties, the best being seconds after the re-start when he fired across the goal and inches wide.
Reds boss Coleman was confined to the stands as he sat out the first of his two game dug-out ban, but managed to chat with assistant Jimmy Bell about changing things.
And they brought Robbie Williams on into midfield and pushed Craney up front while new signing, striker Fola Onibuje, soon made it a three-pronged attack.
It made for a lively final 10 minutes.
First Bobby Grant did all the hard work of bustling his way into a good position but shot rather than passed and it was well over.
Then Cavanagh broke down the right and fired a ball across the area which came to Mullin but his scuffed shot was easily collected by Bull.
However the Reds were almost caught out on the break when Louie Soares squared for birthday boy John Grant, 27, on 90 minutes.
He stroked the ball past Kenny Arthur and turned to celebrate but the ball hit the post and bounced out.
A lively four minutes of injury time followed with keeper Arthur racing up for a last ditch corner delivered by Bobby Grant.
Nigerian Onibuje got his head to the ball - but his effort was off-target to end a miserable day for the Reds.
"There are certain areas we have to improve on," said Coleman.
"Our delivery was poor for set-pieces and, although we got into good positions, we didn’t put good enough balls into the box.
"And our finishing was diabolical. We had enough chances to win two games and, if you don’t take them you are going to lose the games.
"We have had a problem scoring goals and, if it continues, I might have to go out and get another striker.
"We battered them for the final 20 minutes and couldn’t score and then they almost hit us on the break when the lad hit the post.
"Apart from the one in the opening seconds and that, that was there only chances in the second half.
"We have got to be more ruthless."