Wise­man and pals so tough to get past Won­der Wyke – and his new nick­name... Six-shooter Jay leads Spire­ites’ re­cov­ery

The Football League Paper - - TFLP - By Ross Law­son

IF PROOF were needed of how quickly things change in foot­ball, con­sider the case of Ch­ester­field and Jay O’Shea. A month ago, the Spire­ites found them­selves on a seven-match los­ing streak and were rooted to the foot of League One, with O’Shea hav­ing failed to score for 13 straight games. Yet fast-for­ward 30 days. Ch­ester­field are off the bot­tom and had notched four wins from six be­fore the week­end, thanks largely to the Ir­ish mid­fielder find­ing the net on six oc­ca­sions.

Colch­ester were dis­patched in the FA Cup, be­fore Crewe Alexan­dra were beaten in the Checka-trade Tro­phy. But it was back-to-back 3-2 league vic­to­ries over MK Dons and Bris­tol Rovers in the space of five days that con­firmed a change in for­tunes.

While the turn­around at the Proact Sta­dium may have been dra­matic, O’Shea in­sists it was far from a shock to him.

“We’d been on a bit of a hor­ror run, but get­ting those last two scalps in the space of a week and six vi­tal points re­ally was mas­sive for us,” he said.

“When you’re at the bot­tom you have to look for the pos­i­tives. We had a few things go­ing against us, with in­juries, de­ci­sions and that odd bit of luck, so we knew it wasn’t some­thing com­pletely dras­tic.


“Our poor form meant get­ting those wins in the cup be­came a lit­tle bit more im­por­tant and we were able to take that into the league.

“In some ways, it (his six goals in six games) is not some­thing that’s sur­prised me as much as it should. I’ve been get­ting chances, so it was about time I ac­tu­ally started tak­ing them!

“Go­ing 13 games with­out a goal was a stat I was dis­ap­pointed with – that was prob­a­bly the worst run of my ca­reer – but it’s like London buses com­ing along at once! I just need to make sure I’m not com­pla­cent and keep work­ing hard.”

Hav­ing joined in 2013 and ap­peared in more than 150 league games since, O’Shea, 28, is one of the more ex­pe­ri­enced heads in the Ch­ester­field dress­ing room.

That’s a role the for­mer MK Dons man takes se­ri­ously, en­sur­ing morale was high in the squad dur­ing the los­ing streak. “You have to show char­ac­ter, do the right things and get bat­tling,” he said.

“It’s a long sea­son. A lot of teams will have bad runs and it’s about tak­ing that rough with the smooth.”

Ch­ester­field looked on an un­stop­pable march when, a year af­ter be­ing pro­moted as League Two cham­pi­ons, they made the 2014-15 League One play-offs.

How­ever, a 4-0 ag­gre­gate de­feat by Pre­ston was fol­lowed by 18th spot last term.

“There are a lot of big teams in this league, but the gaffer (Danny Wil­son) is putting a good group of lads to­gether,” he added.

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