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Hill continues Eastleigh turnaround
RICHARD Hill is reluctant to take the plaudits for Eastleigh ’s remarkable turnaround during his first fortnight in charge.
When the new boss arrived, the Spitfires had suffered three straight Blue Square Bet South defeats which ultimately cost his predecessor Ian Baird his job.
Not only has Hill stopped the rot, but Eastleigh have won all three league and cup games under his command, scoring nine goals in the process.
Their latest triumph, Saturday’s 3-1 league home win over Hayes & Yeading, was built on some excellent passing play coupled with a willingness to throw bodies on the line defensively.
Asked the secret of the dramatic transformation, Hill said: “I don’t know if there is one.
“We all do things different ways and I dare say that when my time is up at Eastleigh, people will say they didn’t understand the way I did things here.
“But, at the risk of repeating myself, Ian Baird left a very good group of players.
“There’s more than one way to win a football match, but the players have worked very hard on the training ground and all credit to them for taking on board what I’ve asked them to do.
“There were times that we had to hang on in there against Hayes and that was as important as our passing.
“It’s about instilling that ‘over my dead body’ attitude.”
Two goals from Jai Reason and one from skipper Glen Southam put paid to Hayes’s challenge as the Spitfires improved five places to eighth.
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