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Hird: "It's a massive win"

19 December 2016

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Sam Hird returned to the first team for the first time since early November on Saturday

Hird played in a holding midfield role alongside Connor Dimaio and goal-scorer Liam O’Neil and put the win down to hard work on the training ground and the way the Spireites handled the opposition.

“It’s a massive win against a strong Bolton side who I think will get promoted,” he said. “They’re a good side and with the players they’ve got they’re a forced to be reckoned with. We put in a good performance and we negated their threats because they’re a big, direct side who also have players who can produce a bit of magic on the day.

“We played well and scored a good goal, we’ve been working all week on trying to get midfielders in the box to support Ched [Evans], obviously me going in there playing holding midfield gave license to O’Neil, Dimaio, Gboly Ariyibi and Jay O’Shea to join in and Liam’s gone in there and it’s a good finish.”

Hird was making his first start since the 2-0 defeat at Coventry City on November 1, and adapted well to a defensive midfield role, a position he is more than familiar with. 

He said: “It’s a role I’ve played in quite a few times. If it’s a holding midfield job I can definitely do it and I’ll put in a good performance although if it goes to a 4-4-2 I might not have the legs to produce a similar kind of performance but whenever I play in that sort of formation it’s a role I do enjoy but not as much as centre-back but you do a job for the team.”

The victory saw Chesterfield move up to 20th in Sky Bet League One and out of the relegation places, and meant that Danny Wilson’s side have now won three of their last four league games. And Hird has called for the team to continue to pick up results.

He commented: “It’s been a long time coming for the fans, a good win and a good performance against a strong side but it’s our job now to push on and we've come out of the bottom four with that result so it’s our job now to push up the table.” 

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