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O'Shea: "I am really enjoying it"

15 August 2016

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Jay O’Shea’s penalty was the Spireites' second goal of the afternoon and the midfielder believes that the game could have gone very differently had his side not got a second before half time.

The Irishman is yet to miss a penalty for Chesterfield and needed no invitation to step up to the spot when Ched Evans was brought down inside the area seconds before half time. 

Goals from Gary Liddle and Evans either side of O’Shea’s penalty secured a 3-1 win against Swindon in their first home game of the season, meaning that Darnell Furlong's late strike was merely a consolation for the away side. 

On the win and his penalty, O’Shea said: “I think that what we got right was the defensive side of the game because Swindon are a good side. We worked on a lot of stuff, including our possession and how we were going to get the ball back off of them - and when we did we looked good going forward.

“To score just before half time, it is a bit of a blow for them because if they are going in at 1-0 it is a totally different team talk and the second goal kind of kills them off a bit.

“I make my mind up early on, I knew where I was going so I just try to stick to my spot and not change my mind. Their ‘keeper was good today, I think he made some good saves and he got close to the penalty as well, but luckily for me it went in.

“Then at half time everyone in the dressing room was talking about the next goal because we knew it was going to be massive. If they get it and there is then only one goal difference then momentum probably goes with them but luckily for us we got the third one and it kind of saw them off a bit.”

Two league matches into the season and the attacking-midfielder has already forged a strong partnership with summer signing Evans, the pair scoring three goals between them. The 28-year-old told PlayerHD that he is loving every minute of playing with the striker. 

“I am really enjoying it, Ched is a great number nine, I am just relishing the chance to play more with him and hopefully we can keep getting some goals together.

“It just comes naturally, the gaffer didn't put us on the same team for a while in training and I think the two of us were itching to play together. 

“Our first game together was a friendly against Derby and then Leicester was the next time, it worked well in pre-season and it seems to be working well now. 

“He is a great player, it is unbelievable for us and he has been a great signing. I don’t know if he will be here long if he keeps going the way he is going, but we will be happy to have him while he is here.”

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