Chesterfield: ‘It’s Roy of the Rovers stuff,’ says Jay O’Shea

Chesterfield's goalscorer Jay O'Shea is carried off the pitch at the final whistle during the Sky Bet League Two match at the Pirelli Stadium, Burton Upon Trent. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 27, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Burton. Photo credit should read: PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.
Chesterfield's goalscorer Jay O'Shea is carried off the pitch at the final whistle during the Sky Bet League Two match at the Pirelli Stadium, Burton Upon Trent. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 27, 2014. See PA story SOCCER Burton. Photo credit should read: PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.
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Flying forward Jay O’Shea believes Chesterfield’s League Two title triumph would be a fitting storyline for Roy of the Rovers.

A late push in the league, after the disappointment of a Wembley final defeat, saw the Spireites climb from third to top spot with a game to go.

But, like the comic book characters at Melchester Rovers, Chesterfield’s journey to the championship wasn’t a straightforward one on the final day of the season.

A half-time team-talk from the manager, Paul Cook, inspired a second half turnaround thanks to goals from Sam Hird and Gary Roberts against an arch-enemy.

O’Shea said: “It’s what we set out to do at the start of the season. The gaffer said he wanted to win the league and to do it on the last day after going one down is unbelievable - Roy of the Rovers stuff.

“We weren’t going to let this opportunity slip. We’ve waited for this all season. One game to win the league. One nil down and couldn’t ask for any more from the players.”

O’Shea has played an integral role in the last weeks of the season. He was a two-goal hero in the game which secured promotion at Burton and set up Hird’s equaliser against Fleetwood Town.

“In the weeks leading up to the important game (at Burton) I hadn’t been playing but the gaffer said ‘keep yourself fresh’. I was training hard so that when the chance came along, I think I grabbed it with both hands,” he said.

With the Irishman now signed on with Chesterfield for another two years and looking ahead to a League One campaign, Spireites fans will have to wait to see how this particular storyline unfolds.

“When I came here I left a League One club but I knew that this was a club with ambition. I’m going to look to move to Chesterfield now with my family and I’m going to give it everything,” he added.