Following Chesterfield’s 1-0 defeat away at Swindon Town, Spireites defender Sam Hird gave PlayerHD an honest assessment of his side's performance.
Yaser Kasim’s strike in the second half was enough to take all three points at the County Ground and leave the Spireites just four points outside the drop zone with two games to go - and Hird expressed his disappointment about the way he and his team mates approached the game.
He said: “In all honesty, I think we would have been lucky to get a draw. In my opinion I think in three quarters of the game they dominated it, passed it, kept the ball and did whatever they wanted with it. In the end it was a case of defending for long periods of the game and trying to hold on.”
Hird, who has featured over 40 times for Chesterfield this season said his side can’t dwell on the defeat with two crunch games remaining.
“Barring the Sheffield United game, for the last ten or 12 games we have had a great team spirit and a great togetherness," he said. "It is just a case of going again.
"We are are obviously going to need more points judging by the other results. It wasn’t good enough, we didn’t offer enough going forward and we didn't keep the ball well enough.”
Despite losing, Hird said his defence stood up well to Swindon’s pressure throughout the 90 minutes: “He (Tommy Lee) didn’t have many saves to make at all and considering how much of the ball they had and how well they played. I thought we defended well, but conceded a sloppy goal.
Next up for the Spireites is a home game against Bury where a win would confirm League One football for the 2016/17 season, and Hird said that it's now make or break time: “We have got two football games left to save the season. It’s easy to say young players don’t see it like that, but you don’t actually know what it means to people. Some people might not know how important it is, other people will do.
“If you’ve got kids and you’ve got families it is a big thing. Going down for this football club would mean, first of all, deductions for everybody. Not just players but staff, people lose their jobs when clubs get relegated and nobody wants to be playing in League Two.”