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Hird: "All games are tough in this league"

13 April 2015

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After securing a crucial point in a combative 1-1 draw at Barnsley, defender Sam Hird was largely pleased with how his defence performed.

Jay O'Shea had opened the scoring in the first half and though Sam Winnall levelled the score after the break Hird felt his well-marshalled defence had held out well to confirm the point.

"We're disappointed to concede the goal," he said. "But considering the weight of pressure we had to defend against in the second half - there were a lot of long balls forwards. We were camped in our own half for long spells and I thought we defended really well.

Hird had a good chance to add to his recent collection of goals himself in the first half, and pointed to the strength of the squad after Charlie Raglan made an early appearance after defensive partner Ian Evatt was forced to leave the game before half time.

He said: "I had a great chance in the first half and I always seem to get in these positions lately. I just tried to concentrate on heading it down and I think if it's a yard or two either side it goes in, but it just went straight at him.

"It is a squad game, we've got good players, we've got a great squad, Charlie's come in, put in a great performance and that won't do his chances any harm."

With attentions quickly turning to Tuesday night's home match with struggling Colchester United, Hird is taking little for granted.

"I think all games are tough in this league," said Hird. "Every team's got good players and we'll have to be on top of our game to get the win. 

"We're at home, we'll be wanting to win the game so we'll be hoping to get the three points and almost cement the play-off place.

"We're not there yet, we'll see after Sheffield United where we are. Touch wood we'll be in the play-offs and then it will be down to our squad and our senior players to keep our heads cool in the play-offs."

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