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Hird: "It Was a Winning Performance"

29 September 2016

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Sam Hird spoke of the disbelief among the squad after Gillingham’s injury time equaliser on Tuesday, but insisted that nothing could take away from the side's prolific attacking display.

Despite being a part of a defence that gave away two penalties and a goal in injury time, the centre-back spoke positively about his side's form going into this weekend's fixture at home to Bradford, insisting that the goals do not show the full picture. 

Attempting to explain his emotions, Hird said: “We have come into the dressing room and there is not really much that can be said to be honest, purely because everybody has put a shift in and everybody has played well. 

“It was a winning performance, everybody played well, it was just frustrating and it wasn’t good enough to concede a third goal like that. 

“With one minute to play, you stick the ball in the corner and you keep it there, which we had done up until the last minute. It is just disappointing and the lads are dejected, I can understand the fans are frustrated and that the staff aren't happy. 

“We will dust ourselves down and it is our job to move forward as a squad and as a management team, everybody needs to stick together and look towards Bradford.” 

Hird spoke of the disappointment that he and his teammates were feeling, not just at themselves, but also at some of the refereeing decisions made, calling for greater consistency in the game. 

“We have been briefed on the grappling issue definitely, but we have these massive rule changes every year and the big thing for me is that nothing is ever consistent. It is alright bringing these new rules in, but if they are not going to be consistent then what is the point?

“They brought a new rule in that you can take quick freekicks, but the ref is then blowing to bring back the ball when he wants a slower kick, telling us that you are not are allowed to take this free-kick quickly, so what was the point in adding this new rule? 

“It just isn't consistent. I understand the new rules and that they are bringing them in to try and make the game better, and fairer, but it is already a tough job for referees and if the rules are not going to be consistent then don't bring them in.” 

With the next fixture against Bradford already close at hand, the 29-year-old told PlayerHD that the team have shown that they have what it takes to compete against anyone in the league. 

“We are performing well, we look like a team who knows what we are doing, we have got a great team spirit, we look good going forward and the majority of the time we are solid defensively. It is just little lapses in concentration, little things like that that haven't been going right for us and we just have to stay positive. 

“It is not the be all and end all, it is a point at the end of the day and we are lying 11th in the table which is a healthy position. We are in a position where we can look upwards as opposed to downwards and we know that we can beat teams on our day. 

“We will go into the Bradford game believing that we can perform as we know we can and see it through to get the three points and a good win. The minimum for us at the minute is the work rate because the lads are working really hard.”

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