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Hird: “It was my job to lead the side and it was a privilege”

22 February 2016

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Defender Sam Hird captained the Spireites to their 3-1 Proact win against Crewe Alexandra on Saturday but says it is just the first step to survival.

Striking pair Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Lee Novak gave Chesterfield a two goal lead in the opening 12 minutes of the game, Zoumana Bakayogo then replied for the visitors, scoring from ten yards out before the interval.

However, making his home debut, Chesterfield-born Connor Dimaio restored the Spireites’ two goal cushion with a composed low finish after playing a neat one-two with Ebanks-Blake after 56 minutes. 

Standing in for the suspended Gary Liddle, Hird spoke about his honour to lead the team out on Saturday. 

“I have always considered myself a leader anyway," he said. "We have had some good captains here, Sam Morsy has gone and Ian Evatt has been a great captain. Lids (Gary Liddle) has come in now and the gaffer has made him captain and we were unfortunate to lose him.

“I’d rather have him fit, available and playing than having a three match suspension and having to stand in for him myself - but you do what you’re asked to do. It was my job to lead the side today and it was a privilege to do it.”

The game marked Chesterfield’s first win since January and despite the much-needed win Hird was quick to point out that there is still a long way to go. 

“It is obviously a great result but no clean sheet," he said. "It was a six-pointer and it opens the gap between us and Crewe but it will go on longer than the next few games. 

"You look at the teams around us and above us and some are winning and some are losing, and it’s going to go down to the last five or six games. 

"Hopefully we’d like to think we’ll have it sealed by the end but there is a lot of hard work to do, starting with Gillingham next week.”

The 28-year-old spoke to Spireites PlayerHD about what Danny Wilson has done behind the scenes to try and bring back the confidence in the side. 

“The Colchester game was a great performance considering everything that went against us. It was a great point and the lads were really together. 

"The gaffer has had us watch some motivational DVDs and I think it is good for the position that we are in.”

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