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Hird: "Good to go into Christmas with a Win"

23 December 2014

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Sam Hird contributed to a spirited win against Gillingham at the weekend and he spoke to Spireites Player after the match.

Hird played in both midfield and defence during the game and despite his fatigue he was happy to get through and gain the points.

“It’s taken me a while to get my fitness back to be honest,” said Hird. “The manager knew that and now I’m only going to get my sharpness through games.

“I’ve seen it all in my career. I like to think that managers trust me. They know I can do a job at centre-half and they know I can do equally as good a job as a holding midfielder. At the end of the day I’m just glad to get three points and get 90 minutes under my belt.”

Hird was one of a number of players coming back from injury and he says that experience is one thing that the Chesterfield squad have in abundance.

He said: “You’ve got a lot of experienced players in the side. If you run through them you’ve got Tommy Lee, Ian Evatt, myself, Ritchie Humphreys, Romy Boco, Gary Roberts, Sam Clucas and Tendayi Darikwa to an extent as well. 

"We’ve got experienced players all over the pitch. We came here to get a result and that’s exactly what we’ve done.”

Although the Gills were able to pull it back to 2-2 the Spireites managed to come away with all three points thanks to a brilliant goal from Jimmy Ryan - one which Hird thinks was his best yet.

“Goals change games,” he said. “I thought we were quite comfortable at 2-0. I thought we played well for the majority of the game but their first goal gave them a lift. I think we had a few chances to make it 3-0 before that. 

"If that had happened we’d have seen them off good and proper but the first goal for them gave them the impetus. They got the second and we were just lucky to have Jimmy Ryan to smash a volley in!

“It was a brilliant goal, brilliant finish. He’s done it a few times but I think that’s the best one I’ve seen him strike because of the angle it was at. He struck it well - he’s buzzing and so are the lads.

“It’s good for the fans, it’s good for the players, the staff, the club and everybody to go into the Christmas period with a win. Hopefully we can get a few more results because we’ve been playing well but we’ve not been picking up enough wins.

“We’ve been lingering around mid-table, which is good, there’s nothing wrong with that. We’ve been comfortable with that but if we can pick up a few wins over this Christmas period you never know, come New Year’s you could be pushing for the playoffs.”

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