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FA Cup: Fulham 0-1 Southampton

James Ward-Prowse scored the only goal of the game to help Saints into the next round of the FA Cup with a 1-0 win over Fulham.

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Jan Bednarek: "The most important part was just to reach the next round and give 100%. We haven’t won for a while and played poorly last time out so it was important to be one team and play together. The fans helped us very well. 

"We have to go step by step and stick together to reach our goals. The result was the most important thing here, more so than how we did it. We struggled in some moments of the game but we deserved to win.

"I was calm because I have been working hard for this opportunity. I was patient and showed to the coach that I was ready. I did my job, kept a clean sheet so I’m happy.

"To be honest, it was my first game in professional football as a right-back. My team-mates helped me through it very well and overall we defended well."

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Mauricio Pellegrino: “It was important because we needed a performance like this to show to the others that we are really strong as a team.

“I think we defended well and we showed spirit from the beginning until the end of the game. It was a difficult game, because Fulham are a good team who play good football and manage the ball well.

“But I think we looked dangerous on the counter-attack and could’ve scored the second goal.

“We have to use this as a base to improve and learn that we are capable of being solid. This performance can help us to be better next week.”

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Five reasons why you should support Non-League football

The love of football is a hobby, a passion and for some an obsession bordering on a religion. There are hundreds of millions of fanatical supporters all around the world for what we like to call the ‘beautiful game’. But what of Non-League football?

Here are just a few reasons why choosing to support local and non-league football can be just as rewarding and enjoyable for the average footy fan as opposed to following a side with all the glitz, glamour and money of a top-level side.


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1. Affordability An obvious advantage to begin with is the huge savings that can be made in following your local Non-League side.

When you compare the cost of being a fan of a side in Non-League football to a team in the higher echelons of football, the Premier League for example, the difference is huge.

"The Premier League in my eyes is very expensive and overrated,” said Eastleigh season ticket holder Lee Stevens.

Eastleigh chairman and owner Stewart Donald said:…

Five years a Spitfire - Stewart Donald

5 years a Spitfire
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…