Sam Hird admitted that the Spireites haven’t performed well enough to keep their League One status this term.
Relegation to Sky Bet League Two was confirmed on Easter Monday, after a 3-1 defeat to Scunthorpe United and the defender felt that it wasn’t just at Glanford Park where Chesterfield’s fate was sealed.
“It’s the season as a whole,” he told PlayerHD. “It’s not just off today’s performance today it’s off generally not being good enough this season. It’s disappointing, we haven’t been good enough, we hold our hands up and we have to react next campaign.”
Getting three points at promotion chasing Scunthorpe was always going to be a difficult task, although Chesterfield were able to keep the Iron’s potent attack quiet for the first 20 minutes, until Paul McGinn’s own goal.
Hird felt playing well in patches but conceding poor goals summed up the way things have gone for the Spireites.
“I actually thought we started the game quite well,” he said “I think the goals have changed the game, its two sloppy goals from my point of view and it’s the story of our season.
“Two goals before half time and we come out in the second half and have a bit more of a go and leave ourselves open which leads to them having a few more chances than we’d like, but in the end we deserved to lose,” he added.
With a lot of players out of contract in the summer, there is still a lot to play for in the final two matches of the season as Gary Caldwell begins the rebuilding job that lies ahead, but the 29 year-old insists that shouldn’t be the only motivation to perform.
He explained: “You’re always playing for your future whether you have a contract or not.
“There’s always people watching whether it’s this club or another, there always people watching how you play but as a team, as a squad, as individuals and as a club we haven’t been good enough this season.
“You’re a professional footballer, you’re paid by the club to put in performances to the best of your ability and put in 100% everyday, not just on the pitch and that’s all you can do as a professional footballer. If you can hold your hands up and say you’ve put 100% and not been good enough, that’s a start.”
Despite the disappointment of succumbing to the drop, it was a special day for 16 year-old Charlie Wakefield who made his professional debut from the bench at Glanford Park and Hird sees that and the progress of Joe Rowley as a positive that can be taken into next season.
“It’s nice for the club to have young lads coming through. It’s not an ideal situation for them but for next season it can only bode well,” he added.