Lee sends Wil­son to sev­enth heaven

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By James Owens

NEW Ch­ester­field boss Danny Wil­son ad­mit­ted it may be a while be­fore the Spire­ites score seven again, but he couldn’t have wished for a bet­ter first win in charge of the club where he made 100 League ap­pear­ances as a player.

Lee No­vak’s hat-trick and two goals apiece from Jay O’Shea and Rai Si­mons saw the Spire­ites pick up their first win in League One since Hal­loween at the ex­pense of Micky Mel­lon’s hap­less Shrews­bury.

Wil­son said: “I don’t think we can get any higher than that now, can we? They’ve set the prece­dent!”

But de­spite the even­tual rout, he stressed the im­por­tance of the re­silience shown by his side af­ter Shrews­bury pulled one back.

“We killed cer­tain parts of their at­tack­ing move­ments and slowed the game down,” he added.

“Let’s hope there are a few more games where we score seven! I doubt it, but you never know.”

O’Shea set them on their way with a mo­ment of magic in the 27th minute when he met Liam O’Neil’s cross with an un­stop­pable half-vol­ley from the edge of the box.

And Wil­son’s men looked to be all but out of sight by the in­ter­val, with O’Shea dou­bling his tally from 12 yards af­ter Sam Morsy had been brought down by Ian Black in the box, be­fore No­vak side-footed into the top cor­ner in stop­page time.

Zak Whit­bread gave the visi­tors a glim­mer of hope mid­way through the sec­ond half when he fin­ished from point blank range af­ter a goal­mouth scram­ble.

But Spire­ites sub­sti­tute Si­mons soon put paid to any prospect of a Shrews fight­back, latch­ing onto Chris Herd’s pass to drive the ball into the roof of the net just 46 sec­onds af­ter re­plac­ing O’Shea.

Ju­nior Brown was dis­missed for a sec­ond book­ing ten min­utes from time af­ter barg­ing Gboly Ariy­ibi to the ground in the box, and Mel­lon’s side col­lapsed there­after.

No­vak made it 5-1 from the spot, and drove into the box to com­plete his first Foot­ball League hat-trick a minute from time af­ter Si­mons had slot­ted home his sec­ond. De­jected Shrews boss Mel­lon could only re­flect on a night­mare day and ad­mit­ted he is look­ing to add League One ex­pe­ri­ence dur­ing the trans­fer win­dow.

He said: “Pretty much ev­ery­thing that could go against us has gone against us.

“We’re all stunned, and we’re all very an­gry. And so we should be.

“We need to get League One play­ers in, who can han­dle mo­ments like that and do ba­sic, League One things to a level you ex­pect, be­cause when you get some of that stuff, how can you legislate for that?”

STAR MAN LEE NO­VAK Ch­ester­field

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