A Jay O'Shea brace gave League Two leaders Chesterfield victory over struggling Torquay United.

The Gulls took the lead when Shamir Goodwin burst through on goal and rifled the ball high into the net.

Eoin Doyle snatched an equaliser as he pounced on Torquay keeper Michael Poke's mis-kick and finished coolly.

But O'Shea fired in a left-footed volley to make it 2-1, and a precise right-footed effort sealed the three points for the Spireites.

Chesterfield regain their three-point lead over second-placed Scunthorpe, who beat Accrington 3-2 on Friday night.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Chesterfield manager Paul Cook told BBC Radio Radio Sheffield:

"It was a poor game and great credit must go to Torquay.

"They came with a game plan - obviously to frustrate us - and then they get a goal.

"At this stage of the season, it's about results and we got one today.

"I'm pleased for the players, it wasn't pretty for the long time but we certainly got the job done in the end."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Chesterfield

  • 01 Lee
  • 07 Darikwa
  • 15 Humphreys
  • 12 Ryan
  • 23 Evatt
  • 06 Cooper
  • 10 O'Shea
  • 05 Morsy
  • 17 Doyle (Hird - 84' )
  • 02 Banks Booked (Gnanduillet - 55' )
  • 26 Gardner (Roberts - 55' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Smith
  • 04 Hird
  • 08 Togwell
  • 09 Richards
  • 11 Roberts
  • 21 Gnanduillet
  • 35 Dunbavin

Torquay United

  • 01 Poke
  • 02 Tonge
  • 21 Cruise
  • 07 Mansell
  • 05 Pearce
  • 29 O'Connor
  • 17 Goodwin
  • 06 Lathrope (Downes - 75' )
  • 19 Stockley Booked (Wilkinson - 75' Booked )
  • 12 Chapell (Cameron - 81' )
  • 18 Labadie

Substitutes

  • 03 Nicholson
  • 04 Downes
  • 09 Hawley
  • 11 Cameron
  • 13 Rice
  • 25 O'Brien
  • 27 Wilkinson
Ref: Carl Boyeson
Att: 5,912

Match Stats

Shots

15 11

On target

5 3

Corners

5 1

Fouls

13 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Chesterfield 3, Torquay United 1.

90:00 +4:23 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Chesterfield 3, Torquay United 1.

90:00 +3:39 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Chesterfield 3, Torquay United 1. Jay O'Shea (Chesterfield) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Gary Roberts.

90:00 +2:23

Armand Gnanduillet (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +2:23

Foul by Aaron Downes (Torquay United).

90:00 +2:00

Foul by Jay O'Shea (Chesterfield).

90:00 +2:00

Joss Labadie (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:27 Booking

Booking Conor Wilkinson (Torquay United) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +0:12

Sam Hird (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +0:12

Foul by Conor Wilkinson (Torquay United).

87:56

Jimmy Ryan (Chesterfield) wins a free kick on the right wing.

87:56

Foul by Joss Labadie (Torquay United).

86:29

Attempt missed. Conor Wilkinson (Torquay United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

85:15

Jay O'Shea (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

85:15

Foul by Joss Labadie (Torquay United).

83:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chesterfield. Sam Hird replaces Eoin Doyle.

83:24

Liam Cooper (Chesterfield) wins a free kick on the right wing.

83:24

Foul by Conor Wilkinson (Torquay United).

82:56

Attempt saved. Armand Gnanduillet (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

82:42

Attempt blocked. Armand Gnanduillet (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

80:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Torquay United. Courtney Cameron replaces Jordan Chapell.

79:34 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Chesterfield 2, Torquay United 1. Jay O'Shea (Chesterfield) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jimmy Ryan.

77:51

Attempt missed. Conor Wilkinson (Torquay United) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

77:38

Shamir Goodwin (Torquay United) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

76:45

Attempt missed. Lee Mansell (Torquay United) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

75:58

Corner, Torquay United. Conceded by Ritchie Humphreys.

74:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Torquay United. Conor Wilkinson replaces Jayden Stockley.

74:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Torquay United. Aaron Downes replaces Damon Lathrope.

73:11

Attempt missed. Armand Gnanduillet (Chesterfield) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

72:43 Booking

Booking Jayden Stockley (Torquay United) is shown the yellow card.

72:37

Ritchie Humphreys (Chesterfield) wins a free kick on the right wing.

72:37

Foul by Jayden Stockley (Torquay United).

71:34

Attempt missed. Armand Gnanduillet (Chesterfield) header from the centre of the box is too high.

71:21

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Thomas Cruise.

71:01

Armand Gnanduillet (Chesterfield) wins a free kick on the right wing.

71:01

Foul by Lee Mansell (Torquay United).

69:46

Attempt missed. Armand Gnanduillet (Chesterfield) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

66:10

Foul by Tendayi Darikwa (Chesterfield).

66:10

Lee Mansell (Torquay United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

64:59

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Thomas Cruise.

64:38

Attempt blocked. Eoin Doyle (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

63:18

Foul by Jimmy Ryan (Chesterfield).

63:18

Joss Labadie (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:44

Attempt missed. Eoin Doyle (Chesterfield) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

59:41

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Anthony O'Connor.

59:18

Attempt blocked. Armand Gnanduillet (Chesterfield) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

57:13

Foul by Armand Gnanduillet (Chesterfield).

57:13

Thomas Cruise (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:50 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Chesterfield 1, Torquay United 1. Eoin Doyle (Chesterfield) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

54:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chesterfield. Gary Roberts replaces Dan Gardner.

54:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Chesterfield. Armand Gnanduillet replaces Oliver Banks.

53:12

Attempt saved. Jay O'Shea (Chesterfield) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

52:42

Attempt missed. Jordan Chapell (Torquay United) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

51:33

Foul by Jay O'Shea (Chesterfield).

51:33

Joss Labadie (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:48 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Chesterfield 0, Torquay United 1. Shamir Goodwin (Torquay United) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the high centre of the goal.

48:42

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Anthony O'Connor.

48:27

Attempt blocked. Sam Morsy (Chesterfield) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

45:00

Second Half begins Chesterfield 0, Torquay United 0.

45:00 +1:05 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Chesterfield 0, Torquay United 0.

45:00 +0:39

Foul by Dan Gardner (Chesterfield).

45:00 +0:39

Jordan Chapell (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43:28

Corner, Chesterfield. Conceded by Damon Lathrope.

42:09

Attempt saved. Jayden Stockley (Torquay United) header from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

41:37 Booking

Booking Oliver Banks (Chesterfield) is shown the yellow card.

41:31

Foul by Oliver Banks (Chesterfield).

41:31

Krystian Pearce (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

40:08

Attempt saved. Krystian Pearce (Torquay United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

39:27

Foul by Ian Evatt (Chesterfield).

39:27

Jayden Stockley (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

38:02

Foul by Oliver Banks (Chesterfield).

38:02

Joss Labadie (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

34:08

Foul by Sam Morsy (Chesterfield).

34:08

Joss Labadie (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:03

Attempt missed. Oliver Banks (Chesterfield) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

29:19

Hand ball by Joss Labadie (Torquay United).

28:56

Oliver Banks (Chesterfield) wins a free kick on the right wing.

28:56

Foul by Jayden Stockley (Torquay United).

27:01

Attempt missed. Joss Labadie (Torquay United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

22:22

Sam Morsy (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:22

Foul by Joss Labadie (Torquay United).

19:01

Attempt missed. Anthony O'Connor (Torquay United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

18:23

Hand ball by Oliver Banks (Chesterfield).

15:22

Foul by Oliver Banks (Chesterfield).

15:22

Damon Lathrope (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

13:00

Jordan Chapell (Torquay United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:59

Foul by Tendayi Darikwa (Chesterfield).

10:49

Attempt missed. Joss Labadie (Torquay United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

7:21

Jay O'Shea (Chesterfield) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

7:21

Foul by Anthony O'Connor (Torquay United).

4:38

Ritchie Humphreys (Chesterfield) wins a free kick on the right wing.

4:38

Foul by Jayden Stockley (Torquay United).

3:44

Jay O'Shea (Chesterfield) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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