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Patience Pays Off For Jay

9 December 2012

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On loan MK Dons midfielder Jay O'Shea revealed he was delighted that his patience paid off after a scintillating debut performance helped Chesterfield to their fourth successive league win at the hands of high-flying Port Vale on Saturday.

The Dublin-born youngster returned to his old stomping ground to give the Spireites the lead eight minutes before the break, when he jinked his way through a static Vale defence after another former Valeite Marc Richards had rolled the ball into his path after elegantly controlling Mark Randall's raking pass.

The 30-year-old veteran striker's deflected cross then looped into the path of Tendayi Darikwa, who ensured another crucial three points for Paul Cook's side with a thumping close-range header.

And O'Shea, who was cup tied during the 2-0 defeat against League One leaders Tranmere Rovers last week, was pleased with his first performance in a blue shirt.

"I was chomping at the bit, but the team was doing really well so I had no complaints to be honest," he revealed to the club's media team after the game.

"The gaffer just said to me, 'be patient' and that is what i've done and hopefully I've shown enough to stay in the team.

"I was delighted to get the goal. I got my first ever goal in English football here so I have good memories of this place. I had a good feeling leading up to this game that I could get a goal and I was delighted when it happened.

"The pitch here is brilliant, especially with the football that the gaffer is trying to get us to play with a lone-striker, me in the hole and the two wide men getting high. It worked really well for us.

"I thought we were brilliant, we were in control of the whole game. The only way they threatened us was getting crosses into the box but other than that, I don't remember them really creating any chances."

The Liverpudlian handed O'Shea has first start just behind Richards at the expense of Danny Whitaker and the 24-year-old was a constant threat alongside Randall and former Premier League winner Luis Boa Morte.

He had been a regular fixture at Stadium MK at the beginning of this campaign, but revealed that playing regular football was his priority.

"At the start of the season, I was playing a few games," O'Shea added.

"I was in and out, but I wasn't playing as much as I wanted to and i'm getting to an age now where I need to be playing every week. I went in and had a chat with the gaffer [Karl Robinson] to see if it was possible to go somewhere and play regularly and he let me.

"That's my favourite position [in the hole behind the striker].

"I played a lot for MK Dons there last season and I thought it was really good in the middle today. It's better than being on the wing, I don't think i'm as quick as a winger, so when I get the ball in the middle I can do a lot more with it.

"I knew Paul [Cook] because he managed Sligo and I spoke to a few of the boys there before I came to Chesterfield and they said he was a really good manager, so I had no doubts about coming here.

"Since I've been here, they've won every game in the league so we'll have to keep that going!"

You can see Jay's interview in full exclusively on Spireites Player

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