Interview: Sam Hird post Leeds United

Chesterfield defender Sam Hird has stated his desire to play ‘as many games as possible’ in the coming season after his side’s 2-2 draw with Leeds United.

Hird, a former Leeds academy prospect approaching his third season at the Proact, wants to continue the form which saw him play 44 league games in all competitions last season.

‘I want to play as many games as possible and have a successful season, it’s as simple as that.’ The versatile defender said, after Chesterfield’s first home pre season friendly.

After a goalless first half, Leeds took the lead from the penalty spot through Rodolph Austin before a Sam Morsy brace handed Chesterfield the lead, only for Austin’s second penalty of the afternoon to equalise for the Elland Road side five minutes from time.

Reflecting on the game, Hird said: ‘I thought it was a good performance against a strong side. Leeds United is a big club and I think it was a good test in terms of physicality.

‘I think they played a lot differently to how Leeds sides used to play over the last couple of years, obviously that may be because of the Italian influence, I don’t know.

‘We knew they were going to try and play so we could press them and work hard and eventually that’s what we did and I thought we deserved to win to be quite honest.’

Having faced only lower league opposition before the visit of Dave Hockaday’s side in the pre season campaign, Hird compared the tests presented by teams both above and below Chesterfield in the football pyramid.

He said: ‘In these games teams are a lot more professional in what they do, obviously they had a game plan and they stuck to it.

‘If you watch them a lot they tried to play out from the back but if someone gave the ball away or something goes wrong you look on their bench and nobody really moans, they just get on with it because that’s what professionals do.

‘It’s about everyone sticking together who’s out there and we knew if we stuck to what we wanted to do and our game plan then we’d have a good chance today and for a pre season game I thought it was quite feisty.’

Paul Cook’s side continue their preseason preparations with the visit of Premier League outfit Aston Villa to the Proact on Wednesday night, and Hird was not overwhelmed by the prospect.

‘Its just another pre season game and the aim is to work towards Leyton Orient and put out a team that is going to get a result there.’ Added the 26-year-old.

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