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Shaun Whalley Post Cardiff City

Whalley looks back on the Cardiff game as he scores a penalty in the 2-1 win

26 July 2017

Shaun Whalley has admitted he feels at the peak of his powers ahead of the 2017-18 season, after he impressed in the 2-1 win over Cardiff City on Tuesday night.

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing opened the scoring for the visitors before Whalley struck from the spot and Louis Dodds added another shortly after to hand Town the victory.

Whalley, 29, spoke enthusiastically of his side’s performance at the Montgomery Waters Meadow, which was Shrewsbury’s third straight win over Championship opposition.

“It was really good – the lads did brilliant on Saturday and we carried it on today,” he said.

“First-half I don’t think we were at the same level as we have been in the previous two games, but the Gaffer and Doigy had a few words at half-time and then we came out and did really well.

“I thought we dominated another Championship team in the second-half, and fully deserved the win in the end.”

Despite speaking positively about the game, Whalley did admit that results in pre-season were somewhat irrelevant and that the squad were looking forward to the season opener against Northampton.

“Friendlies are only what they are at the end of the day – friendlies. I’d take losing every friendly as long as we won our first game of the season against Northampton,” he added.

“But there’s no reason why we can’t win all our pre-season friendlies and our first game of the season – but you just have to take these results with a pinch of salt.”

The 29-year-old was a key figure in Town’s squad last season, but he has revealed he feels like he’s only improving as a player year-on-year, as well as hailing the club’s host of new arrivals.

“I feel I’m at my peak now and I have done for the last couple of seasons,” Whalley said. “But I feel like I’m getting better every year – so hopefully I can have a good season.

“All the lads who have come in have settled in really well. I think it helped going away to Portugal – it bonded everyone together and I think they have all done well so far.

“It looks like we’ve got a really good squad and it’s only good to have competition all over the park - so hopefully we can start the season well which is the most important thing.”

Whalley was keen to emphasise that every one of Paul Hurst’s signings has made a positive impact at the club, although he did admit Jon Nolan had stood out in pre-season.

“I don’t want to single out any of the new lads because they’ve all done really well and I’m sure they’ll all play a part next season,” he said.

“But with [Nolan] he’s got a real class about him and I can’t wait to see him this season. He’s got three years here hopefully so we’ll be seeing a lot of him.

“You can give him the ball at any time and he’s going to keep hold of it this time. We seem to have a certain link-up, where he knows where I am, and I know where he is.”

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