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Jay Hoping To Stamp His Mark

14 January 2013

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New Chesterfield signing Jay O'Shea revealed his delight at making a dream debut for the club in a comprehensive 3-0 win over in-form Northampton after the Irishman completed his permanent switch from MK Dons.

It took the 24-year-old just over quarter of an hour to score his first goal as a Spireite after he spun in the penalty box to round Clarke Carlisle and slam home past a despairing Lee Nicholls.

It proved to be the catalyst in a rampant spell for the hosts, which saw ex-Cobbler Marc Richards rifle home a quick-fire brace to move Paul Cook's side just five points behind the automatic promotion places.

"It couldn't have gone any better," Jay told Spireites Player after collecting the man of the match bubbly from the sponsor's lounge.

"A clean sheet, three points and a goal. It's been an excellent week for me.

"I just saw Danny [Whitaker] going down the wing and he said to me that he was going to try and pull a few back so don't go in towards the keeper. I tried to hang out a bit and I faked the shot then put it in.

"I was happy to see it go in. When I had it, I had my back to goal so I had to turn to get the shot off and luckily it took a deflection and went in."

O'Shea has been a shining light of an otherwise frustrating season so far, one which has seen the Spireites' play-off push hampered by inconsistency and upheaval in the first half of the season.

The Dublin-born playmaker notched two goals in seven appearances during his temporary stint on loan from Stadium:MK and ensured he continued on the goalscoring trail against Aidy Boothroyd's side and he is keen to repay the faith shown in him by the manager.

"I'm really enjoying it at the minute," he added.

"Obviously it was frustrating at MK Dons with not playing as much as I wanted to, but now i'm getting an opportunity to play every week and I can't thank the gaffer enough.

"I enjoyed it here and I heard the gaffer was trying to get me [on a permanent deal] so I spoke to MK and they said that if I was happy to go and get regular football then they would allow me to.

"It gives me time to put my stamp on this place because I know i'm going to be here next year. I don't have to worry about what will happen in the summer.

"I'm just going to keep enjoying my football and hopefully get Chesterfield up the leagues."

The Spireites had begun 2013 in disappointing fashion, having lost successive fixtures on the road against Accrington and Wycombe respectively but they got their play-off push back on track with a handsome win on Saturday to move themselves just one point away from seventh place.

Cook's side make the arduous trip to Plainmoor next week and O'Shea remains confident that Chesterfield can bring all three points back up the M5.

"We knew we had to bounce back after two defeats," Jay said.

"But as you said, we played well in the past two games and we were unlucky so i'm glad today we put away our chances and got a win.

"It's perfect the way he [Paul Cook] tries to play, it suits my game. I knew him before and hopefully we can have a good relationship and get this team up.

"I think if Torquay try and play football it will suit us, because we like to try and play free-flowing, attacking football."

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

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