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Hird: 'We'll Put It Right'

3 October 2012

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Chesterfield captain Sam Hird insisted his team-mates will 'put it right' after the Spireites suffered their first defeat since the season's opening day following a disappointing 2-0 reversal at the hands of Morecambe.

Tommy Wright's side had enjoyed a nine-game unbeaten run after a 1-0 defeat at the Cherry Red Records Stadium way back in August, but they were undone by two delightfully executed volleys by Gary McDonald and Lewis Alessandra respectively in miserable conditions at the Globe Arena on Tuesday evening.

It leaves the Spireites without a win on the road so far this season after having picked up just three points from a possible 15 away from the Proact and with a trip to The Recreation Ground this Saturday to face Aldershot Town, the skipper was left to rue individual errors in Lancashire.

"I thought we played really well in the first half, but we didn't manage to put one away," Hirdy told the club's media at full-time.

"I thought the first goal was really important tonight and we said in the changing room, it was two sloppy goals again. It's a hard place to come and once they got that first goal, they got a foothold in the game because up until then we were in major control.

"I thought we should have scored before they did, but we didn't and we can't always rely on that. The goals we conceded were really sloppy and if we keep conceding goals like that, we're never going to push up the table so we need to work on people not switching off or making silly mistakes and at the other end, putting it in and killing teams off.

"They were good crosses but we think they came in too easily. Unfortunately, I think people have switched off at the back stick twice but we can't keep conceding goals like that."

Chesterfield made the trip up north off the back of a 1-1 draw with Torquay United, after Rene Howe capitalised on a Neal Trotman error to cancel out Tendayi Darikwa's first career goal in the 48th minute. The Spireites had previously notched their first clean sheet of the season after a goalless draw with Northampton Town at Sixfields, but they have been unable to repeat that feat since.

And an unusually downbeat Hird was keen to move onwards to the next fixture against Dean Holdsworth's side.

"I think it's fair to say that second goal killed us off," he added.  "Everybody gave their all, you can't say that we didn't fight to the end but it wasn't to be. That second goal gave them the incentive to be more solid and see it out.

"We can't dwell on it. Right now i'm pretty down and so are the lads because we came into this game off the back of a nine-game unbeaten run so that's ended. It was always going to eventually, but we didn't think it would be tonight. We came into this game believing we could get all three points and feeling really confident but we've got to look forward now to Aldershot.

The Shots have been in disastrous form of late, having lost their last three outings and having recorded just one win in their last 10 fixtures following a 2-0 win against Plymouth Argyle on the opening day.

They remarkably surrendered a three-goal cushion at Plainmoor to succumb to a 4-3 defeat at the hands of Torquay United on Tuesday evening and the 25-year-old skipper is confident his side can bounce back with their first away win at the Recreation Ground on Saturday.

"It is only one defeat in 10, but there has been a lot of draws," he said.

"We have high standards at this football club as i'm sure the fans have high standards for us and i'm sure we should be pushing for at least a play-off place. At the minute, we're not there but it is still early days.

"Whether football games are won or lost, we've got a guy in charge in Tommy and he's got good staff behind him and we're all behind him 100 per cent. 

"Training is good and what they do behind the scenes what people don't see is excellent and we're going into games fully prepared. It's not a case of us looking unorganised or not having an attacking threat, it's simply a case of making silly mistakes or costly errors. 

"So it's something we've got to work on as a group of players and we'll put it right at Aldershot."

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