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Jay: 'We Need To Start Winning Games'

3 February 2013

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Chesterfield midfielder Jay O'Shea insisted it's approaching crunch time for the Spireites if they want to impose themselves on the League Two play-off places.

The Irishman's new side slipped six points behind seventh placed Exeter City following a hard-fought 1-1 draw with Keith Hill's Rochdale on Saturday afternoon in spite of the former MK Dons midfielder registering his fourth strike since his switch from Karl Robinson's outfit.

O'Shea clattered the face of the crossbar inside the opening 10 minutes at Spotland, before giving the visitors the lead after the restart with a confident finish from inside the penalty box.

But Bobby Grant ensured honours remained even with a sumptuous strike that meant both sides lost ground on the chasing pack with 16 games still to play.

"It was a great move by the lads," O'Shea said after the game.

"I think Rands [Mark Randall] had it and he played it to Whits [Danny Whitaker] and Whits was going to have a shot, but I was screaming for it because I knew I was in a better position and he played it across for me to slot home.

"I think if i'd missed i'd have to have a look at myself to be honest!

"We seem to be hitting the bar a lot recently, but I think we played some good stuff and we were unlucky not to be going in ahead at half-time."

Former Port Vale striker Marc Richards saw his delicate back heel ruled out for offside shortly before O'Shea's strike and was then denied what appeared to be a stonewall penalty after he was chopped down deep into stoppage time.

Dale substitute Brian Barry-Murphy then sprinted the length of the pitch to latch onto a ball across goal only to be denied by a superb last-gasp save from Tommy Lee, but although admitting he thought the Spireites should have had a spot kick, O'Shea conceded a point apiece was a fair reflection.

"I was behind it and there was a couple of players in the way, but it looked like it was a definite penalty," he conceded.

"That wouldn't have been great for us with them going down to 10-men. It's not good enough from us to be letting them in three against one at the end, but it was a great save from Tommy [Lee].

"Rochdale were obviously going to be trying to impress their new manager and Bobby Grant took his goal well, I think it was a fair result in the end."

Paul Cook's side have endured a miserable start to 2013, having won just once after a promising festive period moved them to within touching distance of the play-off places.

It's now a total of four away wins without a win for the Spireites, so it will be a relief to the former Accrington boss that his side return to Whittington Moor to face a struggling Wimbledon next week, albeit having suffered a 1-0 reversal at the hands of Southend United in their last encounter at the Proact Stadium.

The Dons clinched all three points on a sweltering opening day by the same scoreline, but with different managers in charge of both teams O'Shea is aware that both he and his team-mates will need to lift themselves for another important game.

"It seems to be working well with the lads like myself, Tendayi [Darikwa] and Rico [Mark Richards] up top and Whits is coming in and starting to play now. 

"We're playing some lovely stuff, but we need to start winning games. It's not good enough losing and drawing games, especially if we want to be promoted we need to start winning games now.

"I'd rather be winning that scoring because our aim is to go up and we won't do that by scoring goals and drawing.

"It's always hard against any team. They'll be in their own battle down there and we seem to do better against the top teams. We're going to have to lift ourselves for a team like Wimbledon."

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

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