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Quotes: Hill: "We didn't deserve to lose to Lincoln"

Quotes from manager Richard Hill and goalkeeper Graham Stack after Eastleigh were unlucky in a narrow defeat against Lincoln City.

Richard Hill:

“I can’t fault the lads today. For long periods we were the better team.

“It’s in games like that that you have to take your chances, but I was pleased with the performance from start to finish. It was much improved from last week - it needed to be.

“How Lincoln play, they do it very well, but we didn’t deserve to lose.

“The build-up to the goal was disappointing. There was a foul on Craig McAllister not given and ten seconds later a very similar foul’s been given on one of their players. Instead of us putting the ball in their box, they’ve put it into ours and it was the only time in the game that we didn’t defend well.”

Graham Stack: 

“We created good chances and were really unlucky.

"From an individual perspective, I was disappointed with how I played last week, but today’s performance was exactly what we needed. The only thing missing was the result.

“Their keeper’s made two fantastic saves second half and I've made a couple of good saves first half. I needed that after Dagenham.”



Eastleigh boss Hill: "We didn't deserve to lose to Lincoln"

EASTLEIGH have come a long way since the dark, depressing days of February. When the SOS call went out to Richard Hill to come back and rescue a side in freefall, it was hard to see where the next National League point was coming from.

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