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O'Shea: "The gaffer said let’s start a run, hopefully this is it”

5 January 2016

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Midfielder Jay O’shea expressed his delight after the Spireites put seven past Shrewsbury Town in a record-breaking performance at the Proact.

O’Shea scored twice in the first half, the first a well-timed half-volley from a Liam O’Neil cross and the second a cooley taken penalty. 

On-loan forward Lee Novak soon joined the goalscoring party and grabbed his first career hat-trick, while youngster Rai Simons scored two more in the second period after coming off the bench. 

O’Shea praised his team-mates after they managed to stop the rot and get their first league win for over two months.
“The lads were clinical today in front of goal," he said. "Everyone was brilliant: the back four, the 'keeper, and I think the work rate was excellent.

“When we didn’t have the ball we got it back quickly. We worked a lot in the week on going forward. The gaffer thought we were playing a bit sideways, and I think it showed in the game that we tried to go forward quicker.”

Talking to Spireites PlayerHD, the Irishman gave his analysis of the first goal: “I tried to get in the box because I thought Liam O’Neil's cross would have probably ended up more inside the box and I was just trying to get onto the second ball. 

"It actually came back to me, I just got my head down, got over the ball and got it on target. Luckily for me it went into the top corner.

“It would have been nice to have got a hat-trick but the three points were the most important thing today especially because we haven’t won for so long.” 

O’Shea is hoping Chesterfield can now put a run of wins together after their Shrews thumping: “It’s a good start, especially under the new gaffer. We had a good result last week and carried it on this week. 

"We got a good win, we have been under a terrible run before that and it’s great to turn it around so quickly under the new gaffer. It’s hard to get out of a rut when you’re like that, especially when it has been going on for so long and things are going against you. 

"In the games we were losing there were decisions going against us and we probably should have had penalties and things like that. Today is seemed to have all gone for us, hopefully our luck is changing.”

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