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Hird: "It will only make them stronger."

10 April 2017

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Sam Hird marshaled his team mates to consecutive clean sheets for the first time since January, as Chesterfield came out 1-0 winners against fellow relegation battlers Port Vale.

Joe Rowley’s 54th minute winner was enough to secure Gary Caldwell’s first home victory as Chesterfield manager and Hird asserted that it was well deserved following some much improved performances. 

“It had been coming,” Hird asserted. “I thought it was a reasonably good performance, a solid performance. We didn't play as well as what we can do, but we were good enough to win the game and I thought that we were well worth the win.

“It is bitter sweet considering where we are in the league and we obviously face a difficult task, if possible, to stay up, but it is nice to get a win and it is good for the confidence.

“It is important to still enjoy games, but obviously when you are down there confidence can dip, so it is nice to get a win today going into the Easter period.”

Seventeen-year-old Rowley, was the pick of a number of impressive young Spireites against Vale as he notched his first goal for the first team. 

Hird hailed the club’s academy and stated that as one of the more senior members of Caldwell’s squad it is important for him to help the likes of Rowley and Laurence Maguire. 

He said: “If Joe keeps doing what he is doing then the only way is up, I am sure there are big clubs looking at him already considering his age. 

“He has just got to keep his feet on the ground, keep working hard, keep listening to the management and the players around him, and he will do really well. 

“It is good for the football club and it shows that the academy is working really well and the staff behind the scenes are doing brilliant.

“Laurence has come in too and has done well, he has had some good games and made a great headed clearance at the end today which was brilliant.”

The Spireites face high-flyers Southend United and Scunthorpe United across a busy Easter weekend, and the 30-year-old called on his team mates to show the same self-belief that they did against Vale and Bolton. 

He added: “Over the last two and a half games we have looked really solid, we've not conceded and looked good going forward. 

“We have got a lot of young players and it is important for them that the senior players try and help. It’s a good learning curve for them with us being near the bottom of the league, it’s testing times, but it will only make them stronger.”

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