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Hird: "It's important that you believe in your principles"

1 October 2015

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Spireites defender Sam Hird gives a frank assessment of what he and his team mates need to do to arrest their current slump in form.

The Spireites lost to Blackpool on Tuesday, a match that was their third loss in succession after what had been a positive start to the Sky Bet League 1 campaign.

Hird explained that it's up to the players to put things right: "It's not because of individuals at the moment it's about us all as a team and as a squad and we don't lay the blame at anyone's feet. We've let the manager down and the fans down and we've got to dig our way out of this together.

"It's something that we're going to have to practice. When we're set and organised we rarely get broken through as a team. We've been strong on set plays, both for and against, but our Achilles heel has been counter attacks.

"Whether it's because we're too open as a team - it probably is - with people not doing their jobs, that's something we'll have to work on together."

Attentions have now turned to Saturday's trip to Crewe Alexandra, and Hird believes by sticking to their principles the Spireites squad can get back to their early season form.

"I think it's important that you believe in your principles," he said. "Looking at myself as an individual, when I first came to the club I didn't have a great season here and then people were saying I'd changed my game the next season and my game had improved - it hadn't improved, I just kept to my principles and kept doing what I believe in.

"That's what we have to do as a team, you have to believe in what you do and keep doing it. It's fine-tuning really and we don't want to change every single thing that we're doing.

"We need to make sure we don't concede sloppy goals on the counter attack, which seems to be the case so far. People make the old excuse of needing a bit of luck but you see Liam O'Neil have a header cleared off the line and they go up the other end and put the ball in our net.

"Now we have to pick ourselves up, work on things on the training ground and go again on Saturday."

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