EASTLEIGH’S Vince Harper has admitted that their 2-0 win over Notts County in front of a bumper crowd was “something we all needed”.

The former Bristol City academy left-back starred as experienced heads Tyrone Barnett and Andrew Boyce contributed a goal each to seal a crucial three points.

But it was the 21-year-old who picked up the club’s man of the match as his side kept only second clean sheet of the season, and a second consecutive shutout at the Silverlake Stadium.

Speaking to the club website after the game, Harper said: “Yeah I think it was thoroughly deserved and it’s something we all needed.

“The players, staff and for the fans, it was a great result and I’m buzzing to get the man of the match.

“I think that win will mean our mindsets for the next run of games will be a lot better than if we’d lost, we know that we’re a good set of players and on our day we can beat anyone.”

He added: “It was important to stop conceding goals and to get a clean sheet will give us confidence going forward.”

A crowd of 2817 turned out to watch the victory – the third highest total of the weekend across the whole National League.

“The fans are crazy to play in front of,” Harper said, “the support is great and I think that is what contributes to our good run of form and the wins.

“It’s nice, it’s not something I’m used to (fans chanting his name) but it helps you carry on in the dying moments.”