Manager Andy Hessenthaler says it’s time for Eastleigh’s unperforming stars to “start earning their money.”

It’s no secret that the Spitfires have spent big in their quest for promotion from the Vanarama National League, backed by chairman Stewart Donald’s riches.

After two seasons of underachievement in the league, things finally began to look up when Hessenthaler kicked off his managerial reign with a nine-match unbeaten run.

But results have rapidly unravelled over the last fortnight with a 2-0 home defeat against Boreham Wood followed by poor performances on the road at Chester and Maidenhead, both of which wound up in 3-1 losses.

“We went on a fantastic run and, all of a sudden, we’ve thrown that all away in the last three games,” said Hessenthaler.

“It wasn’t so much Boreham Wood – that could have gone either way, but in the last two games we haven’t deserved anything and we’ve conceded six goals.

“The players aren’t performing at the moment.

“They get looked after very well, they’re paid very well and they’ve got to start earning their money because, at the moment, they’re certainly not.”

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