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O’Shea: “It was a Great Performance by the Lads”

12 January 2015

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Spireites midfielder Jay O’Shea praised his teammates’ performance after Chesterfield cruised to a 3-0 home victory over Port Vale on Ernie Moss Day.

O'Shea delivered the corner from which Charlie Raglan scored the third goal of the game and the Irishman says he is raring to go whenever he gets an opportunity to play.

He said: “It was a great performance by the lads. We knew it would be tough but the lads have done well to break them down.

"Going into the break with a lead was key and then we pushed on in the second half. As the game went on I thought we looked a lot fitter.”

Armand Gnanduillet gave the Spireites an early lead before Eoin Doyle netted his latest goal of the campaign on the hour mark. The victory was then rounded off by Charlie Raglan’s headed goal from O’Shea’s corner.

O’Shea said: “Doyle never gives up even if it’s a lost cause and he worked his socks off again today. He deserved to get the penalty and he stuck it away nicely.

“For the third I put it in and it was a great finish by Charlie, he was magnificent today. He was chuffed as he ran towards me. I thought he was coming to say thanks but he wanted to go to the crowd and celebrate with the knee slide.”

The Spireites midfielder was delighted with the three points which were made even more special as they came on Ernie Moss Day at the Proact Stadium.

O’Shea said: “It was great for Ernie and the crowd were magnificent, even the Port Vale fans stood up and applauded so that’s great to see.

“But it was great to get the result out on the pitch today. We had a great comeback on Tuesday night at Scunthorpe and we took that into today’s game. Hopefully we can do the same on Tuesday.”

O’Shea has found himself in and out of the Spireites starting 11 this season, but he is keen to impress Paul Cook at every opportunity.

He said: “I’m raring to go and training hard, just waiting for my chance. I have to be patient because the lads are doing so well so if I get to come on for half an hour and contribute then the gaffer knows I’m ready to play.”

Chesterfield currently sit seventh in Sky Bet League 1, just one point outside of the play-off places, with O’Shea believing the squad and the backroom staff have what it takes to progress higher.

He said: “Obviously we’re looking to get into the play-offs and hopefully next year we could be playing at big stadiums every week.

“When the manager was bringing players in last year he was thinking about more than just League 2. He clearly had a plan in place and you can see that now as we have players that have been in this league and others that have played at a higher level than this.”

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