Chris Todd: Heart-to-heart with Eastleigh players paying off

Chris Todd
Chris Todd was appointed Eastleigh manager in October following Richard Hill's resignation

Eastleigh manager Chris Todd says a heart-to-heart with his players has galvanised their National League promotion push.

Ten-man Eastleigh came from behind to beat Woking 2-1 on Tuesday.

Midfielder Will Evans scored an injury-time winner to secure the Spitfires' second win in 14 matches.

"We have had a heart-to-heart this week to try to solve the problems we've been having," said Todd, 34, whose side are five points from a play-off spot.

"We have had a little comedown after the FA Cup (third-round exit at Bolton) but we showed we are a strong group," he told BBC Radio Solent.

"I believe in my players and I believe we are capable of achieving what we want to achieve."

Todd named himself among the substitutes for Tuesday's win because suspensions and injuries left him short defensively.

His last appearance came late on against Altrincham on 15 September, and the former Exeter defender plans to do the same against Chester on Saturday.

"We are down to the bare bones," Todd continued. "And I think I will have to keep my tracksuit on from now on because we got the win."

Meanwhile, Eastleigh striker Matt Tubbs will return to the squad after he was forced to miss the Woking match because of a cooling-off clause in his loan deal.

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