Sam Hird has called on Chesterfield supporters to get behind the club following relegation to League Two.
The experienced defender was in a reflective mood following yesterday's narrow 3-2 defeat against Sheffield United and he saw a number of positives from the performance.
“If I am being honest, I think we deserved to win,” Hird stated. “I thought that we should have been 2-0 up in the first 20 minutes. Kristian Dennis has had two good chances, but when you're a team down at the bottom of the league they don't go in, and Sheffield United, where they are, take their chances and it is tough.
“Again, I thought at 2-2 that we were going to go on and win the game, but unfortunately it wasn’t to be.”
Gary Caldwell’s men have endured a gruelling campaign, but have often performed well against the better sides in the division, earning impressive draws at Bolton and Millwall.
Hird looked to explain this, commenting: “I think naturally, as a squad, you get more up for these games. It shouldn’t be like that, you should be up for every game, but I think that it is only natural.
“You are coming into a stadium with 33,000 odd people and it automatically gives you that lift and I think we did really well.
“First and foremost, I know it is not nice, especially playing for Chesterfield, but we have got to give credit to them and give credit to their manager who has managed to put together a good side and a good squad for League One and good luck to them going forward.
“It it is our job to take the positives from our performance and also look at sides like Sheffield United and see what we can do moving forward to better ourselves and push next season in League Two.”
The Spireites will look to earn promotion at the first time of asking next term and Hird assured supporters that the squad are all ready for the challenge.
“Stay with us,” Hird continued. “I have been here a long time now and football is always up and down, that is just the way it is. We will come back stronger and we will come back fighting and we will aim to go up at the first attempt.”