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We've Got To See Out Games Better

9 September 2012

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Chesterfield skipper Sam Hird insists his team have got to focus on the positives if they are to move up the League Two table, after being denied their first win of the new campaign at the fifth time of asking. 

The Spireites conceded a last gasp equaliser against York City, courtesy of Jason Walker's sublime volley after Craig Westcarr's second goal in as many games looked to have given Tommy Wright's side their first three-point haul of the season. The caretaker manager has yet to taste defeat as Spireites boss, although his side have now drawn their last four league games since their opening day reversal at the hands of AFC Wimbledon.

And the skipper, who was snapped up from Doncaster Rovers in the summer, could not hide his disappointment after the full-time whistle.

"We're disappointed really, we saw this as a game we really wanted to win and it's so frustrating to come away and say once again, 'we should have got three points,'" Hird told Spireites Player.

"We worked so hard throughout the game and apart from their goal, we'd been solid. We'd created chances and I thought we played well and I think a few people are raising the question whether it was past the allowed time and whether it should have been allowed, I don't know. 

"To be honest, we've got to be more solid all over the pitch. We've got the ball in the corner in their half about a minute before that, all we've got to do is keep it there or put it out for a throw-in or something like that. Instead, we somehow give a free-kick away, the keeper booms it forward into our 18-yard-box and anything can happen from there. 

"The ball just landed at his feet and it's a great finish, he just spun and put it in the top corner, so fairplay to him but we've got to see games out better."

The centre-back, who turned 25 on Friday, opened his account for his new club with his first goal in over three years 10 minutes before the interval, when he stabbed into an empty net following Marc Richards' effort. Michael Coulson hit back almost immediately for the Minstermen, before Westcarr slotted home to conclude a five-minute goal frenzy.

Chances were few and far between as the temperature rose at a sun-drenched Bootham Crescent and just as it looked as though Town would hold on for their first win, Walker popped up to snatch a share of the spoils for the hosts.

And after getting himself on the scoresheet, Hird was trying to focus on the positives after a disappointing result.

"I was happy to get a goal, I've not scored for a couple of years, the skipper added. 

"But i'd have been more happy not to score and win. I know it's still a point and we're undefeated in five, so we've just got to kick on. We've got another game next week, so we look forward to that.

"Apart from the goals, Rich hasn't had hardly anything to do and the same with Tommy in the last couple of games. But every time they get an opening, they're putting away, which is frustrating," he said.

"But we've got to start looking at things more positively if we are to move up the table. We are looking more solid and we've got to look forward to Wycombe. Especially after today, we should have come away with a win. 

"After 94 minutes, working as hard as we have and playing as well as we did as a team, conceding right at the end is a bit of a knock to our system. But we've got to look forward and be positive and look forward to Wycombe.

Chesterfield began the defence of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy with a hard-fought 2-1 against League One Oldham last Tuesday to book a date with Hird's former club Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium and he added that he would love to get one over his former club.

"I actually got told by one of the lads when we got here, I didn't know," he said.

"It's good, but i'm a Chesterfield player now. I want us to do well, i've got no loyalties to Doncaster Rovers and this is where I want to be.

You can catch Sam's full interview on exclusively Spireites Player

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