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Hird Gives His View After Walsall Altercation

14 March 2016

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Sam Hird gives his version of events regarding the altercation that occurred after Walsall's second goal on Saturday - an incident which lead to a Dion Donohue red card.

An own goal a piece saw the game level at the break before Sam Mantom swept home just before the hour to give the Saddlers their first lead of the afternoon.

Spireite Hird inadvertently found himself caught up in the Walsall celebrations, with an ugly scuffle breaking out between players from the opposing sides.

When the situation calmed down, Donohue received a straight red card for his actions during the incident - with Walsall pushing home their numerical advantage to win the match 4-1.

Hird explained what happened after the goal: "The lads are disappointed first and foremost to lose the game, we felt that up until the second goal we had done more than enough to take a point, if not push on and win the game.

"There was disappointment after the second goal, but I didn't see it coming. I was walking back in shock and it felt like four of their lads have just kind of tried to charge through me.

"It's ended up with me with five or six of them behind the goal. A couple of our lads have then come over, I'm not sure what happened after that. I know Tommy (Lee) and Dion (Donohue) were in there as well.

"I just don't understand how you can send someone off for something that you're probably not sure about and then not send one, if not two or three, of their players off for what's basically a rugby scrum on one player behind the goal.

"What should have been a celebration for scoring a goal, they took too far and they got away with it."

Unsurprisingly, Hird felt the fallout from the incident dramatically changed the path of the game, but that the Spireites squad now need to put it one side ahead of next Saturday's trip to Glanford Park.

"They were 2-1 up but then the sending off's changed the game," detailed Hird. "Who's to say that we don't go on and get an equaliser if not go on and win the game?

"They're a good football side, give them credit, when they get a goal up against most teams they don't lose because they keep the ball well, they move it well and we were probably a bit off it all over the park from when they scored the second.

"It's one of those games where now you've got to brush it under the carpet because we'd picked up 11 points from 15 before that so we need to push on from here and look to Scunthorpe next week."

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