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Hird: "When the goals come they’ll come in bundles"

3 November 2016

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Sam Hird believes it will only take one goal to put the confidence back into the Spireites squad and has looked to Barnsley’s turnaround from last season for inspiration.

Two second half goals condemned Danny Wilson’s side to defeat at the Ricoh Arena despite another promising display on the road, but Hird believes it could have easily been a different story. 

“In the last two performances we’ve played well and controlled large parts of the game but we just can’t get that goal and that puts pressure on us defensively as a team and every shot seems to be going in at the minute. 

“We didn’t look like conceding all game apart from the two chances they’ve had. We had three or four chances in the first half and not we’ve been able to put them away when we should be out of sight at half time and it’s just the way it’s going for us at the minute, not putting teams to bed and giving them that confidence to build on and they seem to be taking every chance they get.”

The defender feels mentality has played a part but is looking take the positives saying he knows there are plenty of reasons to believe the form can be turned around. 

“It is down to psychology. You have to be mentally strong as a footballer not just when you’re at the bottom of the table but day-in day-out. We’ve got a good squad and a good team spirit, we won’t get too down about it but everyone’s disappointed and unhappy at where we are in the league,” he said. 

“I think you’ve got to take the positives if you’re going to climb the league. Look at Barnsley last season, they were bottom of the league at Christmas so it’s not all doom and gloom, there’s a lot to play for this season. 

"If we keep playing like we did tonight then once we get them goals and that first win since the long run of defeats then the confidence will come and hopefully we can start moving up the table and getting some points on the board. "

Hird turned his attention to Saturday’s FA Cup first round tie, a ground where Chesterfield ended a four-game losing run last season. 

“We're going into every game believing we can win," he said. “We’ve got to take belief that we have another game on Saturday - albeit a cup game but it can still give us confidence going into the league”
The last two games have seen the 29-year-old play in a back three alongside Ian Evatt and Gary Liddle, and Hird has backed the new shape succeed as well as the strikers to rediscover their goalscoring form. 

“It’s something that you need to work on and we have worked very hard on it in training, doing double sessions to make sure we get it right. We’ve looked in control of the ball for 70% of the matches but ultimately football is about putting the ball in the back of the net and we’re not doing that. 

“We’ve got some top attackers at this club so for me it’s purely a confidence thing. When those goals do come you’d like to think they’d come in bundles.”

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