SPIREITES: Chesterfield’s Sam Hird expecting another tough test at Bradford City in race for League One play-offs

Chesterfield vs Walsall - A Delighted Sam Hird wheels away in celebration - Pic By James Williamson
Chesterfield vs Walsall - A Delighted Sam Hird wheels away in celebration - Pic By James Williamson

Sam Hird has predicted a scrappy affair at Valley Parade on Tuesday night when the Spireites take on League One play-off rivals Bradford City.

Hird scored the winner just five minutes from time against Walsall on Saturday at the Proact Stadium in a game with very few clear cut chances.

The 27-year-old scored only his second goal of the season when he rose at the back post to head in Jimmy Ryan’s accurately floated corner kick.

And, with Chesterfield in the hunt for a top six place, Hird expects another difficult test against a side with who they are level with on points.

“If we had any aspirations of the play-offs we had to win that game,” said Hird about Saturday’s narrow victory that moved the Spireites in contention.

“Our next three or four games are massive because I think after that Easter period you know if you’ve got a good chance of going at it or you hold your hands up and say we haven’t done enough this season.

“It’s probably going to be another scrappy one (at Bradford). I’ve seen their pitch on TV and you know what to expect. It’s going to be tough but we’re confident of going there and getting three points.”

Bradford, 2-0 winners over Oldham Athletic on Saturday, haven’t lost on home soil since the beginning of January against another play-off contender, Rochdale.

Phil Parkinson’s Bantams have won four from eight at Valley Parade since in all competitions, including MK Dons in the league and Sunderland in the FA Cup.

“We’ll approach the game to play football,” added Hird. “We want to go and play football and we have players who can mix it.”

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