Showing posts from December, 2017

Eastleigh 2-2 Woking

Eastleigh came from 2-1 down to rescue a point against 10-man Woking thanks to a late Callum Howe equaliser.

Reaction from Spitfires boss Andy Hessenthaler: “If we can’t defend as a team, we’re not going to win football matches. It’s as simple as that.

“It’s down to me whether I change things, not just personnel but shape, but I’m a big believer that it’s not about shape. This is about players and taking responsibility and today I thought we didn’t take responsibility at certain times.

“Our decision-making, not just today but over the season as a whole, has let us down. We’ve got to cut that out and start doing things better.

“The energy levels were good again, we had a go, and the pitch was difficult. They (Woking) are a younger team than us, they’ve got energy and they changed it around a bit, so give them credit. But ultimately it’s down to us.

“For the amount of experience we’ve got in that dressing room, these things shouldn’t happen.

“We’ve put that bit of extra pressure on ours…

Eastleigh 1-1 Torquay

Eastleigh drew 1-1 with Torquay on Boxing Day. After a goalless first half, the visitors took the lead through a Jamie Read penalty early in the second half. Torquay were then reduced to ten men before Cav Miley equalised for the Spitfires.

Dagenham & Redbridge 1-2 Eastleigh

Eastleigh got off to a winning start under Andy Hessenthaler securing a 2-1 win at Dagenham & Redbridge. The Spitfires came back from a goal down with Chris Zebroski and Paul McCallum both on the scoresheet.

Reaction and match tweets below:
🎙 REACTION | Andy Hessenthaler gave his assessment following today's dramatic victory against​ @Dag_RedFC!#Spitfires 🔵⚪️ — Eastleigh FC (@EastleighFC) December 23, 2017

Andy Hessenthaler replaces Richard Hill as manager

Andy Hessenthaler has replaced Richard Hill as Eastleigh manager, with Hill moving to a full-time director of football role.

Chief executive Mark Jewell commented: "Now seems to be a logical time to make the change. Richard brought ‘Hessy’ to the club at the start of the season.

"He has a great track record, is well liked and has fitted in extremely well. It goes without saying that we have every confidence in him.

"This will allow ‘Hilly’ to move full time into his role as director of football. There is a lot to do, both on and off the pitch, and I very much look forward to working with them both, in their new roles."

Richard Hill: “I’ve been trying to do two roles, but I was manager and I’ll take the blame for what’s happened on the pitch. Although perhaps the biggest thing I should be blamed for is leaving the club in the first place.

“But what happened in the two years after I left was not my fault and you can’t blame Stewart Donald either because all he’s ever …

FA Trophy: Ebbsfleet 2-1 Eastleigh

Eastleigh lost 2-1 at Ebbsfleet in the FA Trophy.

The hosts took the lead through Danny Kedwell before the Spitfires hit back with an instant reply when Cavaghn Miley equalised. 
Ebbsfleet progressed in the cup though thanks to a late goal from Myles Weston.

Reaction from Eastleigh assistant manager Andy Hessenthaler:
#spitfires assistant boss Andy Hessenthaler with @Ian_Wilding1 after @EastleighFC exit FA Trophy at Ebbsfleet United — BBC Solent Sport (@solentsport) December 16, 2017

Eastleigh 4-4 Bromley

Paul McCallum bagged a hattrick for Eastleigh in a rollercoaster 4-4 draw against Bromley at the Silverlake Stadium.

Richard Hill's reaction: “There’s been times when I’ve been accused of not entertaining people, but today we have – both teams.

“It was one of those crazy, crazy games you get two or three times a season.

“But today you’ve seen two teams that need to defend better. Most definitely my team need to defend better.

“We’ve had to score four goals to draw a game of football at home.

“For the first 25 minutes, we probably played as well as we have all season and there were spells in the second half when we played some decent, flowing football, but we can’t defend like that.

“Brett (Williams) has come on and changed the game, but we were always going to face a bit of an onslaught from them and we didn’t handle it well enough, we really didn’t.

“But then give us a bit of credit for fighting back twice.”
EASTLEIGH: Graham Stack, Gavin Hoyte, Sam Wood (Sam Matthews, 82), Danny Holla…

Sutton United 2-0 Eastleigh

Eastleigh dropped to 19th in the table and are without a win in six league games after a 2-0 defeat at Sutton United.

Former Spitfires manager Paul Doswell has taken Sutton to the top of the National League.

Richard Hill's post match reaction: