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Hird: "We didn’t control the game as we’d have liked."

19 February 2017

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Sam Hird is calling for more belief following Saturday’s disappointing defeat against Bury.

The Spirietes went into the half time break with a deserved lead thanks to Kristian Dennis’ strike but Hird has called for his team-mates to have more trust in each other to maintain those performance levels for 90 minutes. 

“We thought we played really well in the first half,” he said.  “We controlled the game and came in at half time 1-0 up and everything’s looking good. 

“Second half, goals apart we were poor. We didn’t control the game as we’d have liked, we didn’t keep believing in what we were doing which ended up with us getting deep. 

“Every time we got the ball we ended up clearing it under not much pressure and it just keeps coming back.” 

The turning point of the game proved to be Tom Anderson’s red card after giving away a penalty. Despite Ryan Lowe’s penalty was saved by debutant keeper Thorsten Stuckmann, Bury took advantage and turned the game on its head and the 29 year-old felt the red card decision was correct. 

“When you look at it the guys got on his blind side and as a defender it’s hard to make that decision in a split second to let him go or take him down, Tom’s gave him a pull or a nudge so I do think it was a sending off,” explained Hird. 

“Stuckmann - who was brilliant today - made a great save so we managed to survive that but then they scored, it was a great finish you have to hold your hands up to that and it’s just gutting to concede right at the end,” he added. 

The defeat left the Spireites 23rd in Sky Bet League One and seven points off safety but the defender firmly believes it’s not over yet. 

He said: “We have to keep believing, there’s 15 games left. 

“In my opinion win seven and draw one and we stay in the league so it’s still there to play for. They’re all big names now, there’s 45 points to play for and we effectively need 22.” 

The 29-year-old played in a defensive midfield role and felt comfortable in a different role to what he’s used to. 

Hird said: “I was playing centre half before I injured my calf and I’ve not played the last few games.

“The lads have done well at the back, even though we’ve conceded a few goals they’ve looked pretty solid but the Gaffer wanted someone experienced in there to protect the back four and I thought I did that well until I had to go into the back four when Tom got sent off.” 

Hird was full of praise for the Chesterfield supporters who sang their hearts out at the Proact and has urged them to stick together and to draw on the positives. 

“The support was brilliant,” he told Player HD. “I’m sure the fans are disappointed as we are. 

“It’s not the position we want to be in, it’s not the position the football club wants to be in and not somewhere I like. 

“This is where your experienced players have to put the positivity in the squad. The manager has come in and put his ideas across, I’m sure the fans can see the first half what we’re trying to do. 

“I think it’s just believing in it more, I don’t think we did in the second half and I don’t think we trusted each other and in the end it led to more pressure and losing the game.”

The Spireites travel to Millwall on Tuesday night, kick off 7.45pm. 

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