Table-topping Wrexham brought a touch of class to the Silverlake Stadium yesterday.
But, with no disrespect to the Welshmen, Eastleigh boss Andy Hessenthaler felt they were gifted victory, concluding: “They didn’t beat us – we pretty much beat ourselves.”
Talk about shooting yourselves in the foot.
Having handed the Dragons an early two-goal lead with two atrocious lapses from set-pieces, the Spitfires watched on in dismay as defender Andrew Boyce was sent off at home to Wrexham for a second time in five months.
“No disrespect, but it wasn’t their quality, it was our poor defending that beat us,” said Hessenthaler.
“We’ve been undone from two set plays, but we had all that to deal with against Bromley on Tuesday and we defended well.
“That’s the frustrating thing. Today we just didn’t defend properly. Our decision-making – with and without the ball – was poor.
“For Boyce’s first (challenge), he probably had to take a booking, but when you’re on a yellow card (for the second challenge) you certainly don’t go to ground there.
“Wrexham deserved to win, they were very professional, but we made it easy for them.”
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