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Chelsea 1-0 Southampton

A Marcos Alonso free-kick proved to be the difference at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea took all three points against Saints.

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Mauricio Pellegrino: “In some moments, we were strong. We defended with personality and we counter-attacked with spirit. Our idea was to be in the game until the end.

“When we made the changes, we created a couple of chances and I think we were there. We were really close to a draw in this game.

“I changed the position of Nathan at half-time a little bit and after we changed again with Sofiane and Charlie coming on because it was difficult to arrive in wide areas with their three defenders and two wing-backs. They move the ball with tempo.

“They want to open the corridor in the middle. It wasn’t easy to defend the open play from them.

“In general, we competed well and we were in the game until the end.”

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James Ward Prowse: “It was an important reaction to Wednesday night, which didn’t go the way we wanted it to go, but I think to a man we worked very hard today.

“It’s always difficult coming here, but I think we’re a bit disappointed we didn’t nick something towards the end.

“Against a few top teams now we’ve kept them quiet and we can take positives from that, but today the most important thing was the character we showed after a disappointing result in midweek.

“There was a real belief in the changing room at half-time that we were still in the game.

“It’s a killer time to concede a goal, right on the stroke of half-time, but we showed in the second half that we kept our spirits high.

“We kept working hard and possibly could’ve nicked one at the end.”

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Stewart Donald – In conversation with Michael Kurn

MK= Michael Kurn

SD: Stewart Donald

{Transcript typed by Jamie Montigue}

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MK: Let’s take you back to 2011. The Spitfires were in the Conference South,. Mid-table, a side pushing for the playoffs but not quite making it. Ian Baird was the manager and crowds averaged around 650 people.

Fast forward five years. The club is in the National League pushing for promotion to the Football League with former Brentford manager Martin Allen at the helm of the playing squad.

Attendances are growing year on year and recently the Spitfires took 1500 fans away in the FA Cup third round.

The club has certainly grown under the leadership of Stewart Donald and his team. What a five years it’s been for Eastleigh FC.

Lets now take a look back and cast an eye to the future with the chairman and owner Stewart Donald.

Stewart, five years. It’s flown by.

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SD: Yes, it feels like about two days. We’ve crammed an awful lot in a short period of time b…