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“Our performance is the positive”

21 September 2013

Stopper Weale happy with showing despite controversial defeat.

Chris Weale chose to remain upbeat when talking to Shrews Player post match despite a controversial late penalty decision that handed near neighbours Wolves all three points at the Greenhous Meadow.

Town had been the more dominant force in the second half, but after the converted penalty, and Jon Taylor’s subsequent red card, the visitors were able to close out the 1-0 victory.

“We have to take our performance as the positive,” said Weale.

“We created a lot of chances, defended well and obviously we didn’t take them, but it was an entertaining game.

“I had a very good view [of the penalty decision]. It’s a great bit of refereeing to be able to spot it if he has definitely handballed it, I don’t know whether it was the right decision until I see the video, because given how close I was, I couldn’t tell.

“That’s why everyone loves football because it’s a big talking point and that’s why people love this game – for those big moments.

“It really took the wind out of our sails, down to ten men as well. We obviously tried to play as well as we could do in those last few minutes, but that’s just football.”

Weale praised the home support for turning out in force to see the match and hopes the entertaining game persuades them to come back regularly, despite the defeat.

“Hopefully they [the fans] really enjoyed the game. I think it was an entertaining game and a good advert for League One football. 

“Yes, our fans will be disappointed, but you look at the performance and look at the size of the clubs as well and the wage structure and we more than matched them and if anything we were the better side. There’s a lot to take out of it, and hopefully they’ve gone away having enjoyed themselves and will look to come back.”

Looking ahead to the trip to Bradford next weekend, Weale highlighted a number of good performances away from home this season and suggested that the squad will be determined to take the positives out of the Wolves defeat to drive them to success at Valley Parade.

“It won’t be hard to recover at all because we can take a lot of positives from that performance. Yes, it was a sucker punch at the end, but we’ve got a fantastic game to look forward to on Saturday. A large crowd again, on a decent pitch in a decent stadium, there’s no reason why we can’t go and get a result 

“The majority of sides in League One now are good, it’s not an easy league at all, but the last two away performances have been good, so we’ve got nothing to fear and hopefully we’ll win the game.”

Snap up your tickets online here for the next home clash - Carlisle on 5th October.


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