Super sub O’Shea is Spireites’ saviour
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.