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Eastleigh 0-1 Dover Athletic

Eastleigh missed the chance to climb in to the play-offs as Sean Raggett's second-half goal earned Dover victory.

The hosts dominated much of the game but wasted a number of opportunities against a side who defended resolutely

Craig McAllister, Ben Strevens and Brian Howard had openings for Eastleigh and James Constable and McAllister were denied by goalkeeper Mitch Walker.

Raggett's header put Dover ahead after the break and they held on, although Constable wasted a great late chance.

Eastleigh manager Richard Hill told BBC Radio Solent:

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Hill on Eastleigh v Dover

"We didn't actually play bad. I know we became a bit predictable in the last 20 minutes but you are going to do that when you are chasing the game.

"Today was going to be difficult; we all need to change our mind-set that just because we are at home doesn't mean we are going to win football matches.

"We have come off the back of a very tough eight games, picked up 16 points then all of a sudden, including myself and the players, looked at the next six fixtures and thought 'no problem'.

"If we had been winning that game 1-0, it would have been us defending the 18-yard box, it would have been Dover putting the ball into the box.

"The fact of the matter is, the last 15-20 minutes we just went too direct, didn't pass the ball well enough and when we had opportunities to put the ball into the box or to pick a pass out or to have a shot - it just wasn't there today."

Line-ups

Eastleigh

  • 1Flitney
  • 3GreenSubstituted forPartingtonat 80'minutes
  • 16Evans
  • 25Turley
  • 5Beckwith
  • 27Pell
  • 14Strevens
  • 11McAllister
  • 9Constable
  • 19HowardSubstituted forWalkerat 71'minutes
  • 12MidsonSubstituted forReasonat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Stanley
  • 10Reason
  • 17Reid
  • 26Partington
  • 28Walker

Dover

  • 1WalkerBooked at 90mins
  • 15Francis
  • 5Raggett
  • 7Modeste
  • 16Sterling
  • 6Orlu
  • 29Essam
  • 10Murphy
  • 14PayneSubstituted forBellamyat 76'minutes
  • 17Deverdics
  • 28TaiwoSubstituted forWynterat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Wynter
  • 8Bellamy
  • 11Cogan
  • 18O'Cearuill
  • 21Mekki
Referee:
David Rock
Attendance:
1,703

Match Stats

Home TeamEastleighAway TeamDover
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home14
Away4
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home8
Away8
Fouls
Home8
Away3

Live Text

Match ends, Eastleigh 0, Dover Athletic 1.

Attempt saved. Jai Reason (Eastleigh) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Eastleigh 0, Dover Athletic 1.

Foul by Dean Beckwith (Eastleigh).

Tom Murphy (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

Booking

Mitchell Walker (Dover Athletic) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Eastleigh.

Foul by James Constable (Eastleigh).

Ricky Modeste (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Jai Reason (Eastleigh) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Offside, Eastleigh. Craig McAllister tries a through ball, but Craig McAllister is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Dover Athletic. Tom Wynter replaces Solomon Taiwo.

Foul by Jai Reason (Eastleigh).

Tyrone Sterling (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Eastleigh. Joe Partington replaces Michael Green because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Jai Reason (Eastleigh) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Offside, Dover Athletic. Liam Bellamy tries a through ball, but Liam Bellamy is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Dover Athletic. Liam Bellamy replaces Stefan Payne.

Foul by Ricky Modeste (Dover Athletic).

Dean Beckwith (Eastleigh) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. James Constable (Eastleigh) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Corner, Eastleigh.

Foul by James Constable (Eastleigh).

Sean Raggett (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Eastleigh. Dan Walker replaces Brian Howard.

Goal!

Goal! Eastleigh 0, Dover Athletic 1. Sean Raggett (Dover Athletic) header from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner.

Corner, Dover Athletic.

James Constable (Eastleigh) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the right side of the box.

Substitution

Substitution, Eastleigh. Jai Reason replaces Jack Midson.

Attempt missed. Stefan Payne (Dover Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Offside, Dover Athletic. Ricky Modeste tries a through ball, but Ricky Modeste is caught offside.

Offside, Dover Athletic. Stefan Payne tries a through ball, but Stefan Payne is caught offside.

Corner, Eastleigh.

Attempt missed. Solomon Taiwo (Dover Athletic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Harry Pell (Eastleigh).

Tom Murphy (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

Second Half

Second Half begins Eastleigh 0, Dover Athletic 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Eastleigh 0, Dover Athletic 0.

Foul by Ben Strevens (Eastleigh).

Connor Essam (Dover Athletic) wins a free kick.

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