The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Joshua Richards

WHETHER it was fate or the luck of the Ir­ish, Ch­ester­field mid­fielder Jay O’Shea was not sur­prised to score in his side’s tri­umph over Gilling­ham on St Pa­trick’s Day.

The Ir­ish­man drew con­fi­dence from hav­ing scored on his na­tional day at the Proact Sta­dium be­fore – al­beit against the Spire­ites in a draw with his for­mer club MK Dons in 2012.

And while the 26-year-old had been hop­ing to cel­e­brate away from the pitch, he in­sists it was more im­por­tant to sat­isfy manager Paul Cook’s de­mands with his sixth strike of the sea­son.

“I was ac­tu­ally hop­ing that I could have a lit­tle day out,” said O’Shea. “But the game was more im­por­tant and I’m de­lighted to get the goal and to get the three points.

“I thought I might have a bit of luck and I scored here on Paddy’s Day be­fore for MK Dons in a 1-1 draw, so it was nice to score again.

“I just thought I’d get my­self in there as quick as I could. It was an easy fin­ish to be hon­est.

“Since last sea­son the gaffer’s been on at me to make more for­ward runs so it’s nice to make the run and get the goal.”

SCORER: Jay O’Shea

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