Stanley skipper Andy Procter says they have to learn the lessons from the Barnet loss – and go on another run.
The Reds’ 10-league game unbeaten run came to an abrupt halt with the 3-0 loss to the Bees on Saturday – a win would have taken the Reds into the play-off spots.
And Procter hopes the boost of two new additions in Charlton striker Michael Smith and defender Liam Willis and the work put in on the training ground this week will help them bounce back at Aldershot tomorrow. "We have been working really hard all week and we have had to go back to basics," said Procter.
"Hopefully we can go on another run and propel ourselves back up the table.
"We watched the Barnet video on Monday and defensively we were all over the place and we went in 2-0 down at half-time and gave ourselves a mountain to climb.
"We didn’t play anything like we can. The match was touch and go whether it was on or not due to the frost but me and the gaffer were keen for it to go ahead as we wanted to extend our unbeaten run but, after the game, I guess we were then disappointed we had played.
"But perhaps it’s the kick up the backside we need – we will see tomorrow if it is – and we need to pick up our performance again.
"The gaffer said after the game it’s unusual for every player to have an off-day.
"It is hard enough carrying one or two but for all of us to be poor meant we didn’t give ourselves a chance and they scored goals at the right time and took the game away from us.
"Hopefully we will copy Torquay’s example. They were on a good run, lost to us and bounced back and went on another run and that’s what we have got to do now.
"The frustrating thing is that, if we had played to our potential we could have won and would have now been in a play-off place looking to cement it.
"Aldershot will be tough, though. They are going through a difficult patch but Dean Holdsworth is really up for taking them up this year so they will be tricky." Procter, right, is used to new faces coming and going in his 10 years at the Reds but he hopes the two new additions will be a boost.
"If the gaffer brings one or two in it will be more beneficial to the squad, especially towards the end of the season.
"It will do us no harm and hopefully they can help our assault on the play-offs.
"I think the automatic places are a long way away but the play-off places are certainly within our reach.
"What we have got to make sure we do is pick up at least one point every game.
"We are as good as anyone in the league – we have just got to make sure we are on our game."
Former Red loanee Jayden Stockley was due to move on loan to the Shots but it hadn’t gone through by the time the Observer went to press as he was still training with parent club Bournemouth.