Su­per sub O’Shea is Spire­ites’ saviour

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Chris Spit­tles

JAY O’Shea’s bril­liant sec­ond-half dou­ble sealed a de­served come­back victory for Ch­ester­field on Good Fri­day – and Spire­ites boss Paul Cook was left laud­ing his su­per sub.

Paul Cook’s pro­mo­tion-chasers some­how found them­selves 2-0 up early in the sec­ond half as Yeovil scored through James Hayter and Sam Fo­ley.

But the vis­i­tors were the bet­ter side through­out and their pres­sure even­tu­ally paid off with three goals in ten min­utes trans­form­ing the game.

De­fender Sam Hird scored the first, thump­ing in a header from Gary Roberts’ cor­ner, be­fore half-time sub O’Shea took cen­tre stage.

The Ir­ish mid­fielder pulled his side level on 66 min­utes when he blasted in a stunning goal from the edge of the Yeovil penalty area.

And just three min­utes later he scored what proved to be the win­ner with an ac­ro­batic over­head kick from 12 yards out.

Ch­ester­field boss Cook said:“To be fair to the lads they keep find­ing a way to win foot­ball matches and great credit to them for the come­back.

“And we’ve been here be­fore with Jay O’Shea. He’ll get all the plau­dits for his two goals and rightly so.

“I’ve got great faith in the play­ers and if we can keep win­ning games, then we’ll get into the play-offs.

“The lads al­ways give me ev­ery­thing they’ve got and when we’ve got play­ers with qual­ity like O’Shea and Gary Roberts, we’ve just got to get the ball to them in and around the penalty area.”

De­feat leaves Yeovil 12 points from safety at the bot­tom of League One with just six games left to play.

The Glovers are now cer­tain to be rel­e­gated for a sec­ond suc­ces­sive sea­son and must plan for life in League Two.

Act­ing manager Terry Skiver­ton said:“We’ve got to congratulate Ch­ester­field be­cause they’re a good foot­balling side and they were ex­cel­lent in the sec­ond half.

“You can look at small mis­takes that we made but Jay O’Shea has scored two bril­liant goals to turn the game in their favour. “We have to take the de­feat on the chin, and with our po­si­tion in the league, it’s tough to take.

Yeovil went ahead in the first half when Hayter ran on to a pass from Gozie Ugwu and dou­bled their ad­van­tage af­ter the break when Fo­ley broke clear and slid the ball home.

But just two min­utes af­ter that goal, Hird eluded marker Stephen Arthur­wor­rey to head past Ar­tur Krysiak.

Then O’Shea took cen­tre stage as he ri­fled the ball into the top cor­ner from long range be­fore pun­ish­ing a poor Yeovil clear­ance.

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