Title Favourites Eastleigh Finally Secure First Home Win Since October

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Eastleigh finally ended their Silverlake Stadium hoodoo, winning at home for the first time since October on Saturday with Matt Tubbs returning for a debut goal at the end of a tough week for interim boss Richard Hill.

Goals from Sam Togwell and Tubbs broke the Spitfires’ 11-game winless run with a 2-0 victory over play-off chasing Barrow.

It leaves Eastleigh eight points clear of relegation and delighted Director of Football Richard Hill, who told BBC Radio Solent: “We’ve worked on things since Monday and it’s just capped off a perfect week as far as I’m concerned.

 “I’d like to put it straight and I’d like people to actually listen to me, I’m no guru on football, I felt that I needed to strengthen this squad when I came in, I think that was pretty apparent to everybody.

 “I bet in the last two weeks I’ve been on the phone enquiring about 20 different players. I’ve tried fourth choice central defenders at League One and Two clubs and they won’t let them out.

 “Paul Reid came on the phone and Matt Tubbs and we decided to go with it.

 “Matt Tubbs was brilliant. Paul Reid was brilliant. They haven’t played many games and I just decided to throw them straight in.”

 And Tubbs, returning to Eastleigh having played for the club last year, said: “On a personal note, it’s brilliant for me confidence wise.

 “As a team, the three points and two goals will work absolute wonders for us and hopefully this will be a little turning point with nine games left.

“All I do is try and put myself in a position where I’m going to score a goal. If I can chip in with a few more before the end of the season, try and get the team up the table and put the club in good stead for next season.”

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