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Hird: "We’re confident going into every game."

22 December 2017

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Spireites defender Sam Hird says that the Town players are heading into the busy Christmas period full of confidence.

Hird was part of the side that saw their six-match unbeaten Sky Bet League Two run come to an end at Wycombe last weekend, but he says that the response from the players to that defeat has been good in training this week, as the Spireites prepare to face Stevenage at the Lamex Stadium tomorrow (3pm).

“It’s still good and positive,” he said. “I don’t think we played as well as we can do at Wycombe, but defensively we were solid.

“I don’t think we deserved to get beat, I think a draw would have been a fair reflection, so all in all still on the back of a good run and we’re positive going in to Stevenage.

“We’re confident going into every game, we know what the staff want and how they want us to execute it, it’s our job to do it on the pitch.

“I think the way we’re playing at the minute it’s good for us (having a busy schedule), we’re playing well and we’re confident, we believe we can take near enough maximum points from the games we’ve got.”

Hird has been a regular feature in the Spireites starting XI since the arrival of Jack Lester as manager, a period which has seen the team string together numerous good performances.

And the former Doncaster Rovers man says that those displays are down to the standards set by Lester and his management team.

“I always enjoy my football, if you don’t enjoy it then there’s no point being a professional footballer,” said Hird.

“It looks like my form has picked up, but if you were to ask for my opinion I try to be consistent in everything that I do, as do a lot of other players that I know.

“I think that the main thing that’s making us look better as players is that the manager and staff have come in and are working us harder. As a team we’re working harder, standards are up everywhere, whether that’s fitness, nutrition or discipline.

“It brings us all together as a team, it brings confidence and when you start winning games that bit of luck starts coming your way and everybody looks better.”

The central defender didn’t train on Thursday due to suffering from a tight hamstring, but he expects to be fit enough to feature in tomorrow’s clash.

Also expecting to feature tomorrow, is on-loan goalkeeper Jake Eastwood, who joined the club on an emergency loan from Sheffield United after Cameron Dawson was recalled by parent club Sheffield Wednesday.

And Hird is confident that he and the rest of the defence can form a good understanding with Eastwood.

He said: “As professionals we have to adapt, we’ve got a great goalkeeping coach in Simon Tracey who’ll tell Jake exactly what he wants and what we expect of him and equally what he expects from us in front of him.

“So, we’ll have to adapt quickly, but hopefully Jake will do as well as Cameron did in his short spell with us.

“We’ll try and talk to him and help him, but he’s come from a good club and I’m sure he’s confident in his own ability.”

Tomorrow’s opponents Stevenage sit in 16th position in League Two, have drawn three and lost three of their last six matches.

However, regardless of the form of Darren Sarll’s men, Hird is anticipating a good test for the Spireites.

“I would expect them to be a solid League Two outfit and for them to be organised. It’s a tough place to go and we’re expecting a tough game,” he added.

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