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Eastleigh boss Richard Hill: Everyone wants to come and beat us!
11:51am Wednesday 18th September 2013 in Sport
Eastleigh boss Richard Hill believes other teams up their game when they come to the Silverlake Stadium.
The Spitfires, who currently sit top of the Skrill Conference South with six victories in eight games, are the team to beat and Hill was very aware of that as his team overcame Eastbourne Borough 2-0 last night.
“Every team wants to come here to beat Eastleigh and some managers think by beating us it’s a positive mark on their CV - they forget the other games they need to go and win as well.
“It was the same last season. It was never going to be a pretty game; we were quite ruthless in front of goal apart from the penalty and the one Yemi Odubade missed.
“It's not just Eastbourne, it's like many other teams that come here, because many of the managers think it will do their CV good and forget the other 40 games.”
Jai Reason and Glen Southam secured victory for Eastleigh as they battled against the feisty Sussex team managed by ex-Saint Tommy Widdrington.
In the first half the away side forced the Spitfires into several last ditch clearances – most notably as Jamie Collins hoofed the ball clear of a goal-bound Gary Hart shot.
The second half was more fruitful for the table toppers but still missed from the penalty spot and from close range through Reason and Yemi Odubade respectively. “We’ve showed character in the face of adversity, we carried on plugging away and we’ve ended up scoring so it shows what character we’ve got,” Hill said.
“It was always going to be tight, I watched them in the warm up and the tempo they way they closed the ball down, the way they passed the ball, had they played that against Concord on Saturday they would have won.”
“And I think we’ve seen that tonight, very good side – their manager had them well up for it and I could tell from their warm up.”
Hill also took time to pay tribute to his squad's physical shape. “We are fitter than the other teams, we start coming into our own when the other team aren’t as fit - they can’t keep up with the pace.”
The Spitfires will hope to continue their fine form when they host Hayes & Yeading on Saturday.
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