Spireites defender Sam Hird believes that despite the team’s slow start to the season, the mood within the Proact dressing room is still a positive one.
Chesterfield take on Port Vale at the Proact tomorrow, 3pm, with Hird and his team mates confident of putting on a performance in front of the Proact faithful.
“Considering the start that we have had - which is a poor start by anybody’s standards - the spirits are really good,” he said. “We don’t think we’re too far away.”
“I thought we played well against Grimsby Town and I’ve been here six years now without ever moaning about a referee but I do think he had a massive influence on the game at Notts County.
“All we can do now though is look forward to the game tomorrow, which is what we have been doing, training has been bright, we know what we want to do, what we have to do, we need to start picking up points, and it would be nice to do it in front of a home crowd tomorrow.”
Hird has started all three of the Spireites’ matches this season, featuring in both a three and four-man defence.
Both are systems that he feels comfortable in and the defender thinks that being flexible can bring success.
“I enjoy playing in the system that we’re playing, you get a lot of the ball,” the former Doncaster Rovers defender said.
“It gives you a solid base to start with, people keep mentioning the 3-5-2 but to be honest we’ve played with a back four a lot in pre-season and we played with a back four against Grimsby on the opening day.
“I think the gaffer likes to chop and change it, obviously his preferred formation is the 3-5-2 but nowadays, players have to be flexible and play in different ways, at the end of the day you’ve got to go out and produce what the manager wants on the football pitch.”
Another good crowd is expected at the Proact tomorrow, for what will be the second ‘Ernie Moss Day’, and Hird would love nothing more to send the Spireites supporters home with smiles on their faces.
He added: “Since I’ve been here the fans have been brilliant and we haven’t had many bad times, it’s always nice to win for the home fans.
“We strongly believe that we can go out and put in a good performance and get the result tomorrow for the fans.
“Things are positive this year, we’re all feeling positive and think things will come good for us sooner rather than later.”