"This was a particularly hard one to swallow. We had played so well at Dover the previous week and in some respects it was a repeat performance here, but once again we didn't do ourselves justice because defensive weaknesses let us down badly.
"The big difference was that Eastleigh were prepared to throw their bodies on the line for their cause, but we weren't. Our defending wasn't tight enough and once again some of our players were just too timid in their approach. It seems we don't want to get hurt.
"It was very disappointing because we are capable of scoring goals against teams, but it is unrealistic to expect us to be scoring three all the time to compensate for goals conceded. We have seen this sort of defensive performance all too often this season. I remain convinced that we are good enough at this level, but we are hampered by the present size of the squad and the transfer embargo. I'm not a fan of huge squads, but there's no escaping that we are handicapped by the squad's present size. I need more options; I need to be able to give players a break occasionally.
"At Eastleigh, I was disappointed that we didn't get a stonewall penalty when Les Afful was brought down with the score still 0-0. Apart from that, I felt we allowed Eastleigh to dictate in the first half, but we dominated the second. Jake pulled one back and there were three or four close range chances that were crying out for someone to poke the ball home. An equaliser really looked on the cards before they broke away for their third near the end."
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