Jay O’Shea spoke of the relief that ran through the squad after he finally ended the Spireites’ goal-drought against Colchester United which helped the side into the FA Cup second round.
The Irish attacker coolly beat U’s ‘keeper Sam Walker in the 24th minute after a cute ball from Kristian Dennis and despite a Colchester equaliser in the second half, Ched Evans scored his first in nine games to take the Spireites through to the next round.
On the all-important goal, O’Shea explained: “I saw a gap in-between the defence and Dennis getting on the ball, so I decided to sprint in and he put a lovely ball in for me on a plate. All I had to do was slot it in and I was delighted to get the goal.
“You need to be finishing those chances and if you’re not then there’s something wrong. We have had chances like that recently but I think today we got the easiest chance we have had for a while and I wouldn’t have been happy if I hadn’t scored it.”
With wins in short supply, it didn’t matter how it came for the Spireites, just as long as the win did come, and O’Shea emphasised the point.
“I think that even in the Coventry game we played really well in the first half,” he said. “All that was missing was the goal and I think the main thing today was to try and get an early goal and then settle the nerves and hopefully go from there and that is what happened today.
“Obviously we didn’t care which way the win came, especially with the way things have been going lately, so we will take an ugly win and we are in the hat for the next round.”
Despite taking an early lead the side had to grind out the win, not only ending a run without scoring, but also a habit of conceding late goals.
O’Shea said: “With the way things have been going, we were thinking the worst (when they equalised) but the boys at the back were brilliant, they were doing everything.
“I think it will make a difference when it comes to Sunday, because if we had of gone another game today without a goal and then another game on Tuesday too, we would of been struggling for confidence going into a big game (against Sheffield United).
“Hopefully we can go and put on a good performance on Tuesday, get a win, and then take it from there.”