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Hird Reflects on Accrington Loss

17 September 2017

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Chesterfield defender Sam Hird expressed the frustrations of the Chesterfield players, following the 2-1 home defeat to Accrington Stanley yesterday.

Goals from Billy Kee and Mallik Wilks cancelled out Kristian Dennis’ penalty in what proved to be manager Gary Caldwell’s final game in charge of the club.

Speaking exclusively to iFollow, Hird said: “We’re devastated and we’re angry as well with a number of things.

“In the first half I didn’t think there was much in the game, they had the better chances but coming in 0-0 at half time I thought we kicked on from there, the first 20 minutes of the second half were very good and I think that a sending off has probably changed the game.

“It was a sending off, though I do feel the referee called a lot of things wrong during the game, we should have had a penalty before we got one given and I think their lad should have had a red card for an elbow.”

The loss was the Spireites’ sixth of the season and was also the fourth match were a Chesterfield player was sent off, on this occasion it was Bradley Barry who received a second yellow card in the 62nd minute.

Things just aren’t going the Town’s way at the moment and this was evident in the team’s second half display, which on another day, could have yielded a result.

“We’re giving absolutely everything at the minute, but things just don’t seem to be going for us,” Hird asserted.

“We started the second half really brightly and it’s disappointing with the red card, though I do think we reacted quite well.

“We did press for the last ten minutes and all in all, looking at it from as neutral a perspective as I can, I felt we deserved something from the game.”

Next up for Chesterfield is a trip to Luton Town and the long-serving defender has called for the club to unite in order to climb the Sky Bet League Two table.

He added: “The fans have always been good at this football club and our job at professionals is to give everything for the football club – which the lads are doing.

“We’re not getting the results that the fans want, but they’ve got to stick with us and if you’re going to climb the table we need them behind us.”

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