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Wilson: "I was very proud of that performance"

3 January 2016

Spireites boss Danny Wilson toasted his side's clinical streak after they started 2016 with the bang of a crushing 7-1 Shrewsbury Town win.

Jay O'Shea netted the first two for the Spireites with Lee Novak then scoring a hat-trick, with substitute striker Rai Simons wasting no time in joining the party by scoring a brace of his own late on.

Wilson was delighted with what he saw out on the field, putting the width of the scoreline down to his side's merciless nature in front of goal.

"I was very proud of the performance, even taking away the goals," he said. "The scoreline suggests that we were on top but we had to work very hard to get our noses in front in the early part of the game.

"We said to the lads before the game that they're a tough nut to crack, Shrewsbury have got some very good results in recent weeks, so we knew we'd have to be at our best.

"What we saw today was some very clinical finishing and overall I thought we played some great football and the seven finishes were part and parcel of that."

The manager commended his striker-force, and singled out Sylvan Ebanks-Blake for his performance; even though the former Wolves man was unable to notch a goal of his own.

Wilson commented: "Particularly strikers are confidence players and if you're not getting goals they feel as if their games are going off the boil a little bit. They need to get goals to round-off their performances.

"I thought Ebanks-Blake was outstanding again today and Lee Novak too, but what we've said to the rest of the team is that we need to supply them.

"We've got to make sure that we get the ball in areas where the strikers can score goals and today shows what they can do when we're able to do that."

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