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Tottenham 5-2 Southampton

Saints were badly beaten at Wembley. A Harry Kane hat-trick and a goal each for Dele Alli and Heung-Min Son saw Spurs find the back of the net five times. Soufiane Boufal and Dusan Tadic replied for Southampton but it was far too little, too late.

Reaction:

Mauricio Pellegrino: “When we concede the third goal it was really difficult to come back. I think we reacted well in the second half, to try to score goals and be in the game.

“Obviously our goals came late, but we pressed higher and tried to show what we are [capable of]. It was important to show some character in those moments.

“Sometimes the difficult moments are useful for seeing how people will react. Our profession and our life in football is made from these moments, the difficult times help the team to be together and be stronger. Hopefully we can bounce back from this moment.

“Against the top teams, you cannot make any mistakes, because they don't make too many. Some amazing players today, a lot of quality up front, allowed them to score goals with few chances. It is the level of the Premier League.”

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Oriol Romeu: “We are in a tough moment but just by being together, we will turn this around.

“We reacted too late today, we gave away too many chances, too many spaces between the lines. We have another tough match coming up and we better change this or we will have the same situation again.

“Football always gives you a chance to bounce back and we have to do that straight away for everyone at the club.

“We don’t want to be down at the wrong end of the table. I don’t think Southampton should be in that position. We have to improve and then we will have a better chance of picking up points.”

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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…