The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Paul Green

JAY O’Shea sealed all three points at The Den and Ch­ester­field man­ager Dean Saun­ders was left beam­ing by the per­fect away per­for­mance.

O’Shea struck a stun­ning 17th-minute opener with a pow­er­ful volley and then wrapped up the points with a de­flected ef­fort deep into stop­page time.

That lifted the Spire­ites into the top six but Saun­ders ad­mit­ted there were one or two nervy mo­ments be­fore O’Shea put the game to bed.

He said: “Jay O’Shea is play­ing great and is hard to stop at the minute.

“It was the per­fect away per­for­mance.We played re­ally well.We can’t play much bet­ter than that first half.

“Fair play to Mill­wall, they’ve then had a right go at us and Tommy Lee has got us out of trou­ble a cou­ple of times.

“We’ve missed the chances to put the game to bed as well but it is a great win for us. It is a clean sheet and on we go. First half they couldn’t get near us but sec­ond half they did.”

O’Shea volleyed home from the edge of the area su­perb style on 17 min­utes, with the ball go­ing in off the far post as Jor­dan Archer looked on.

The Lions had Archer to thank five min­utes be­fore the break af­ter Ben Thompson was brushed off the ball, al­low­ing Sam Morsy to burst through on goal, only to be de­nied by a good save from the keeper.

Mark Beev­ers made a vi­tal in­ter­cep­tion to stop Syl­van Ebanks-Blake dou­bling his side’s ad­van­tage ten min­utes into the sec­ond half.

O’Shea squan­dered a glo­ri­ous chance to grab his sec­ond mid­way through the half by fir­ing weakly at Archer.

Then only a stun­ning one-handed Tommy Lee save kept out Jimmy Ab­dou’s de­flected at­tempt as the hosts con­tin­ued to push for an equaliser.

Sub­sti­tute Paris Cowan-Hall saw an am­bi­tious penalty shout ig­nored when he went to ground easily in the box.

Fred Onyed­inma then looked cer­tain to score for Mill­wall with two min­utes re­main­ing from close range but in­stead Lee was able to gather.

And Ch­ester­field wrapped it up with vir­tu­ally the last kick deep into stop­page time, O’Shea’s shot tak­ing a cruel de­flec­tion to con­sign Mill­wall to a third straight league de­feat in front of their own fans.

Neil Harris ac­cepted his charges be­gan slowly but pointed out his strug­gling side were not get­ting the rub of the green.

He said: “It was an ex­cel­lent strike for their first, a 25-yard shot from an an­gle on the volley is a good goal at any level.

“First half I thought we started OK and then their mid­field dom­i­nated us pos­ses­sion wise. We ad­justed af­ter 35 min­utes in the mid­field and we got a foothold back in the game.

“We came in half-time, made the change go­ing for­ward just to give us that lit­tle bit more of a link in the play and in the sec­ond half we were the much bet­ter team.

“What sums it up for me is Jimmy Ab­dou’s de­flected shot is saved by the keeper go­ing the wrong way.

“At the other end their de­flected shot ends up in the back of the net.”


rfield Cheste AIR WE GO: Jay O’Shea leaps to celebrate Ch­ester­field’s open­ing goal

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