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Hird Gives Honest Assessment

24 December 2017

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Spireites defender Sam Hird expressed that the Chesterfield performance in yesterday’s 5-1 loss to Stevenage was not acceptable.

It was a miserable day for Town, who also lost captain Ian Evatt to injury in the first half.

Speaking exclusively to iFollow, Hird said: “It was not good enough, poor performance and poor everything.

“To come away to Stevenage and put in that performance is not acceptable, it’s disappointing because none of us saw it coming the way we’ve been playing consistently lately.

“Since he’s [Jack Lester] come in we’ve had a consistent level of performance and application, today just wasn’t good enough. The standards we’ve set weren’t there and the aim will be to make sure that that was just a blip and we look to move on to two home games, starting with Crewe on Boxing Day.”

Hird himself had to deal with a tight hamstring in the lead up to the game, but managed to play the whole 90 minutes at the Lamex Stadium.

“We’ve got a few people struggling with niggles,” he said. “I’ve struggled with my hamstring but I’ve managed to get through the game without making it worse.

“We’ve lost Evo [Evatt] today through injury and we’re not quite sure the extent of that yet and we are down to the bare bones – especially defensively.

“But we’ll dust ourselves down and look to put a team out that I’m sure is more than capable of winning the game and we’ll be looking to bring our standards up again.”

Next up for Town is a Sky Bet League Two clash with Crewe Alexandra at the Proact on Boxing Day (3pm).

And the long serving defender has challenged his team mates to return to the performance levels that resulted in a six match unbeaten run.

He added: “Every game is a big a game, they’re all big challenges in their own way, but we can only concentrate on ourselves.

“We’ve got two home games coming up and we’ll be looking to take maximum points from them to start the New Year on a high.”

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