Manager Richard Hill says the sooner Eastleigh can lift “the black cloud” hanging over the club, the better.

The Spitfires walked off to a chorus of boos from some of the 1,708 crowd at a gloomy Silverlake Stadium on Saturday.

The leaden grey November skies were matched by an equally depressing scoreline as Eastleigh were humbled 2-0 by a Barrow side who had arrived in Hampshire sitting in the bottom four without an away win to their name.

It leaves them down in 18th spot ahead of Tuesday’s (7.45pm) Silverlake showdown against mid-table Maidenhead United.

While Hill questioned the fans for booing his side off the pitch, he did not attempt to camouflage the Spitfires’ failings.

“Defensively we’re not good, are we?” he said. “We’re actually giving teams goals at the moment.

“And when I say defensively, I don’t mean just the back four, I mean everybody.

“We’ve got some good players at this football club, without a doubt, and we just need to get this black cloud lifted some way, somehow.

“We need somebody who’s going to be commanding, take control and take responsibility in these situations and, at the moment, we haven’t got that.”

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